Caramelized onions are combined with a rich broth to make this vegan French onion soup that will fool any meat lover.
I received a free sample of Kikkoman soy sauce mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Kikkoman and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
Let me start by saying that I am not vegan or vegetarian. I eat meat, but not near as much as I used to. I frequently look for ways cut back on meat, and when I find something that works, I’m all over it. French onion soup is typically made with beef broth and I’ve been wondering if there was a way to transform a vegetable based soup with a robust meaty both into a meatless version. So I decided to do a little experimenting. . . with Kikkoman Traditionally Brewed Less Sodium Soy sauce.
I sometimes use Kikkoman Traditionally Brewed Low Sodium Soy sauce to add a umami flavor to dishes that aren’t Asian inspired. Just a tablespoon or two of Kikkoman Traditionally Brewed Less Sodium Soy Sauce can really round out the flavors for a savory tasting soup, stew or casserole. Even though soy sauce has gotten a bad rap for being high in sodium, a little bit goes a long way which often results in lower sodium content. The amount of sodium in this soup is half of what it would be if I had used beef broth.
This soup is incredibly easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. And the best part – my family could not tell the difference between the traditional onion soup and the vegan version. It tastes great as is or if you are a vegetarian cheese lover, top with a slice of cheese and melt it for a satisfying bowl of French onion soup.
- 3 sweet onions sliced thin
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 cup white wine
- 2 cloves crushed garlic
- 3 cups water
- ⅛ cup Kikkoman Traditionally Brewed Low Sodium Sauce
- 1 pinch of dried thyme
- Place olive oil into a sauce pan and heat over medium heat
- Add the onions and cook slowly over medium to low heat stirring occasionally - until they become golden
- Add the white wine & garlic, continue to slow cook for 10 minutes more
- Add the water, soy sauce and thyme and cook for 20 minutes over low heat
- serve with a slice of a crusty baguette