French Food Friday - French-Onion-Style White Bean Soup

It is going to be another chilly weekend here, perfect weather for making and enjoying some lovely soup.

French onion soup is a favourite of ours but I feel it is time to take it up a notch and this recipe looks like it will do the trick.

French-Onion-Style White Bean Soup

Serves 6

Time 1 hrs 30 mins


3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing and drizzling

1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced

1 large onion, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled

Two 14-ounce cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

1 quart vegetable stock or broth

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Six 3/4-inch-thick slices of sourdough bread

2/3 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


In a large soup pot, heat the 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the fennel, onion and garlic, cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 10 minutes. Uncover and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the fennel and onion are lightly browned, about 15 minutes longer.

Add the crushed red pepper and oregano and cook for 1 minute. Add the beans and stock and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper and simmer over moderately low heat until the stock is slightly reduced and the soup is chunky, about 30 minutes. Spoon the soup into six 1-cup ramekins and set them on a sturdy baking sheet.

Preheat the broiler and position a rack 8 inches from the heat. Brush the bread with oil and cut into rounds that fit neatly into the ramekins. Transfer the bread to another baking sheet and broil, turning once, until lightly toasted. Set the toasts over the soup in the ramekins and sprinkle with the cheese. Broil until the cheese is melted and golden, about 1 minute. Drizzle with oil and serve right away.

Make Ahead

The soup can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Bon appetit ♥


recipe and photo from here