Roasted Garlic and Onion Soup

Total Time:
2 hr 15 min
30 min
1 hr 45 min

about 8 cups, 8 servings

  • 4 to 6 large red onions (3 1/2 pounds), quartered
  • Cloves from 2 large heads of garlic (about 1 cup), peeled
  • 2 shallots (about 1/3 cup), peeled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Essence, recipe follows
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  • Combine the onions, garlic, and shallots in a roasting pan just large enough to hold them in a single layer. Add the olive oil and Essence and toss to coat. Roast until well browned, about 1 1/2 hours.

  • Remove the pan from the oven and set over 2 burners on medium-low heat. Add 2 cups of chicken stock, sage, thyme and salt. Cook for 10 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to incorporate any of the caramelized bits from the bottom.

  • Transfer the mixture to a blender and puree until smooth, about 2 minutes.

  • Transfer the mixture to a large pot over medium-low heat. Add remaining 4 cups chicken stock and balsamic vinegar, and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and stir in cream. Serve with French bread.

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
  • Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

  • Yield: 2/3 cup

  • Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch, published by William and Morrow, 1993.

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