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Florentine Caramelized Onion Soup

Florentine Caramelized Onion Soup

  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    3 h
  • Ready In

    3 h 15 m
Elsie Wollaston

Elsie Wollaston

Also known as "carabaccia", this is a local specialty in Florence, and is hard to find even in cookbooks specializing in Italian soups! The effect should be rich and somewhat sweet (but not too much). Adding roasted garlic would be a good variation.

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  • Calories:
  • 528 kcal
  • 26%
  • Fat:
  • 11.2 g
  • 17%
  • Carbs:
  • 75.2g
  • 24%
  • Protein:
  • 12.4 g
  • 25%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 470 mg
  • 19%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. In a large heavy pot, heat oil over medium heat. Cut onions in half lengthwise, then slice thinly. Place sliced onions in pot and toss to coat with oil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened and beginning to color, 30 minutes.
  2. Increase heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, uncovered, until onions are amber in color, 45 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle onions with sugar and a little bit of salt; cook, stirring, until sugar melts and onions are caramel colored, 5 minutes. Pour in wine and broth, and place cinnamon stick in pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer 1 hour.
  4. Stir the bread into the soup and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally until the bread disintegrates, 30 to 45 minutes.
  5. Remove the cinnamon stick. Whisk the soup to incorporate the bread. Adjust seasoning. Serve hot.
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KATWOMAN777
20

KATWOMAN777

12/14/2002

This was so good! It took a long time to actaully cook, but it only took about 10 minutes to prepare! And then you just simmer it and forget it! It was good!

Huntington mom
5

Huntington mom

1/12/2011

Great recipe...I added only half the wine and in addition at the end of cooking time some Gruyere cheese as a topping for the finished soup. This is authentic and wonderful.

Cchm
0

Cchm

1/6/2012

Made EXACTLY as stated. I'm sorry to rate this so low, but it was we did not care for it, and we could not eat it. My husband and teenaged sons who are quite adventurous when it comes to food all, after 2-3 tastes, pushed their bowls back and said they didn't like it. Oh, well. I know this is a legitimate recipe because I did a search and found very similar variations. I like the history of the recipe, but it is just too sweet. The incorporation of the bread just made it look a mess. Not a visually appealing meal either. Will stick to French Onion Soup.

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