The other day, I had a really strong craving for something super comforting, yet easy to make. I also did not have a lot of food left in my house. So, I created this Vegan French Onion Soup. My god – this one hit the spot!! It was delicious, full of onions, full of flavor, and absolutely comforting and warming. You will not regret making this french onion soup recipe!
What is French onion soup you might be asking? It is a French dish made with caramelized onions and – usually – beef stock. You then top it with bread and melted cheese. It has a sweet onion taste and is utterly delicious, especially during the winter months. The cheese used for french onion soup is traditionally Gruyere.
Of course, this version does not use beef stock and it also does not use Gruyere cheese. This Vegan French Onion Soup uses a delicious mix of cashews and white beans mixed with nutritional yeast, soy sauce, mustard, garlic, and lemon juice in order to provide a creamy cheesey consistency. The stock is flavorful but uses miso paste in order to generate that sweet caramalised onion result. Simply delicious!!
Why is this Vegan French Onion Soup good for you?
Onions are – in my opinion – a true superfood in their own right and are largely grown around the world. They have a range of health benefits. What is a true advantage is that they are relatively cheap and due to being grown everywhere largely accessible globally. Onions belong to the allium family and are related to shallots, garlic, and leeks (amongst others). Onions are on the clean 15 list and can also easily be bought non-organic. They are high in vitamin C, copper, phosphorous, and manganese. Whereas this in and on itself is already fantastic, the main star in terms of health benefits is onion’s antioxidant profile. Vitamin C and manganese are antioxidants in its own rights, which are supporting our bodies.
In addition, onions have a unique set of phytonutrients that have further antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. One of these antioxidants inhibits macrophages, which is a type of white blood cells. Whereas technically, these cells play an important role in clearing out debris, and stimulating an immune response. However, too large of an activity can lead to an inflammatory response. Last but not least, onions are full of an antioxidant called “quercetin”. Amongst others, quercetin may lower blood pressure and in recent animal research has been shown to lower blood sugar levels and exercise blood sugar control. At the moment, it is not clear how this connection takes place though. Nevertheless, the research remains promising.
How can I adjust this Vegan French Onion Soup to my dietary requirements?
This recipe is vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. If you would like to make this recipe nut-free, feel free to swap the cashews for sunflower seeds. Due to the beans and bread used, this recipe is sadly not paleo-friendly.
Similar Recipes on the Blog
There are so many other wonderful and nourishing soup recipes on the blog 😍. Be sure to also check out the following recipes:
- Roasted Red Pepper Soup
- Fall Harvest Pumpkin Soup
- Roasted Cauliflower Soup
- Red Thai Curry Pumpkin Soup
- Lemon Tomato Soup
And that is it for this week 🥳. I hope you enjoy this delicious Vegan French Onion Soup as much as we do over at our house. As always, please let me know how you like the recipe, by either commenting below and/or rating the recipe. I love hearing from you!! Happy soup-making 🧅.