Creamy Onion and Garlic soup recipe
During one of our vacations, we landed up at a place which was nearly anti-vegetarian. It was actually even worse for me since I don't eat eggs. If you can cheat me by hiding its taste, appearance and smell into some other food, then I am ready to be cheated, otherwise you will be treated to free 'throwing up' sessions! Which is what I pretty much did during that trip since no one could even contemplate from which planet we landed from and did not know to customize recipes for us (especially me). I think few people probably wondered secretly how I looked "healthy" when I was practically eating 'nothing' ;) Vegetables are supposedly not food in their dictionary.
Creamy Onion and Garlic soup recipe
    One conversation at a breakfast joint
  • Me: Can I have a vegetarian Burrito pls?
  • Waiter: Do you mean with lots of vegetables?
  • Me: Yes - no meat..
  • Waiter: Oh! No sausages then. Is Bacon ok ?
  • Me: (#$!#) No no Bacon, its meat too....
  • Waiter: Oh ok sorry about that - so trying to eat healthy ah? (winks!) Its always good! I know ppl trying to eat lots of fish nowdays. You know we have the best salmon here....
  • Me: umm...well no fish too - we don't eat fish either..
  • Waiter: (looks shocked) No bacon, No fish! That's really sad! What do you want us to put in there instead?????????
  • Me: Potatoes would be great!
  • Waiter: (scratching head) Oh ok! 2 'plain' burritos coming up
  • Me: aah! One second - I have one more request..I cant eat eggs - can you skip that too for one of the burritos?
  • Waiter: (scratching head some more) Without eggs?????? Sorry then there is nothing on the burritos.
  • Me: but.. but there are vegetables in there. That's what I want..
  • Waiter: Sorry we dont know how to make it without eggs... (few more suggestions, no's, arguments follows without any success for me :( ....)
  • The Husband: Its alright - just get us 2 burritos. We are starving!
  • Me: (grumble)(mumble) (and we traveled happily after, with me throwing up of course!)
But in one place, we got to stay in a cottage. We made our vegetarian requests and the cook was like 'Oh sure'. The next 2 days were Food heaven! Our cook made the amazing vegetarian food ever! Her soup recipes were simply mind blowing. One of them was this Baked Onion and garlic soup. I practically ended up asking her how she made each and ever dish. Of course she did not give me the measurements but her procedures and rough guidelines were more than enough. Here is one of the recipes we enjoyed
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  • Serves: 2 people
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 1 full head of garlic (approx. 12-13 cloves), peeled
  • 3 cups of vegetable broth (or water)
  • 1 to 1-1/2 tsp Italian seasoning (or try any dried herb mix like thyme, sage etc)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream (or use low fat milk)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • few chives to garnish
1. Preheat Oven to 350F. Place the onions, garlic and the seasoning together in a roasting pan. Add 1-1/2 cups of vegetable broth. Dot the tops with the butter.
2. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 1-1/2 hours making sure to give it a quick stir 2-3 times during baking process.
3. The aroma begins around 50-60 min mark.
4. When done, remove the onion-garlic mixture and process until smooth.
5. In a saucepan, mix the puree along with the remaining broth and cream in low heat. Stir gently and add more seasoning if required.
Garnish with chives and serve hot with some crusty bread. Creamy Onion and Garlic soup recipe

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By Rekha on Aug 26, 2010

The most awesome soup I have eaten...i used 2 cubes of maggi seasoning to make the stock...and i also made many variations of the same soup with red n yellow peppers/garlic and onions and another time i used fresh tom atoes/basil/garlic and beetroot......yummmyyyyyyyyyyyy. I like my soup a bit brothy so i do not puree the mixture too finely...

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By Radhika on Jul 20, 2010

Made this wonderful soup for lunch. I used 2% milk instead of heavy cream & skipped the garnish as I didn't have chives. Will try it with a few corn kernels next time. I feel that it will add to the taste of the soup. Thinking of adding it after I have pureed the baked onions & garlic.


By Joanna on Jun 16, 2012

Thank you for sharing. This looks delicious. Funny story about the vegetarian burrito request. I can relate,I used to be a vegetarian until I got pregnant. Now I have fish and organic grass fed happy beef.I feel so much better. Tons of veggies still but animal protein. Looove organic grass fed butter. Have you hear about this book? Pretty interesting, the author used to be vegan.Go figure. Thanks again!

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By Susan on Feb 25, 2011

Awesome! My whole family loved this. I cook for at least 7 people all the time so getting them all to agree on anything is doing something.

By anita on Oct 10, 2010

can this be done without using oven.If so how can u pls let me know

I guess you can do the same on stove top in low heat and wait for the onions to caramelize. I havent personally tried it so am not sure of how much of a match in taste it will be with the oven version

By Zom on Mar 27, 2010

Eating the soup as I type & it is delicious. Like french onion soup without all the stove-top hovering (or beef!) Thanks for sharing, this is one for the recipe cards.

By Erin on Dec 21, 2009

We just made this! A very interesting soup. :) We loved it, what a nice surprise! :-P

Yes its interesting indeed! I felt the same when I made it the first time. I am glad u liked it too -DK

By palatable on Dec 21, 2009

DK, very interesting soup indeed, yours looked so tempting...

By CurryLeaf on Dec 17, 2009

Love the soup.Looks great.I can understand your experience.Its very difficult in someplaces for us to survive.I never thght of artichoke as a substitute.

By Priya on Dec 14, 2009

Wow such a fantastic creamy soup, love this roasted version...yumm!!

By Rashmi on Dec 14, 2009

I can so identify with your story, esp the hidden egg bit, although I'm getting better at detecting it, unfortunately. Soup looks lovely, if only I had the patience to make it.

By Miri on Dec 14, 2009

This looks wonderful! I am trying it out tonight! Miri

By Sharmilee on Dec 13, 2009

Soup looks creamy and perfect for this winter!

By Preeti on Dec 13, 2009

Sounds interesting.... This is the proper season for soups :-)

By Sunshinemom on Dec 13, 2009

Yes! This one looks delicious enough to ask for the recipe:). Thankfully, in India you don't face these problems - I don't know how it is in the North East!

By jennyccy on Dec 13, 2009

Ooh, I can't wait to try this recipe. Your story interest me. Will be back again.

By PJ on Dec 13, 2009

DK,I can relate to your situation!I have this kind of experience anywhere I travel within China and people have even asked me how I am 'alive' eating just vegetables!!!

By Pavani on Dec 13, 2009

Very interesting onion soup. Will give this a try soon.

By Deepa on Dec 13, 2009

I havent tried ur recipe yet, but read ur story. That's exactly the story of my life. If they ask me what to new answer is "Artichoke". :) BTW, a new fan of ur blogs.

Thank you deepa :) Am glad you like what you see ! Artichoke is a wonderful substitute too! May be I should start asking for the same too :) --DK