Everybody has their own way of coping with difficult moments. When life throws you some unexpected curveball, some people throw themselves into uncontrollable cleaning, exercising or the bottom of the glass.  I take a quite different approach.  I cook for comfort.

My contribution to collective healing will always be delicious food.  So today I’m pumping out an absolute classic.  I made the delectable, simple crowdpleaser in under 30 minutes, and it brought light to the dark day.  When no one wants to talk, just eat.

These are the kind of dishes that inspired people like Doctor Joel Fuhrman to say “Food is really and truly the most effective medicine”.  So if you are feeling down in the dumps, trying to cheer someone up or just craving some good warm soup, this recipe is the comfort equivalent of a snuggie or a lazy boy recliner.

What you’ll need

3 sweet onions

2 tsp plant-based butter

2 twigs of rosemary

1 tbsp of flour

4 pieces of bread (any kind of bread)

1 clove garlic

1 tsp dried thyme

2 cups of mushroom broth

1 cup of red wine

1 cup of water

salt, pepper

Slices of gruyère cheese (or vegan cashew cheese)

How you’ll do it 

  1. Cook down onions with olive oil in a big pot until caramelized with rosemary twigs, salt, and pepper.
  2. In your oven, roast the flour until golden brown at 375 degrees.  Add the cooked flour to the onions and mix until combined.  This will give the soup a nutty unique flavor and will help thicken it.
  3.  Once the onions are nice and browned, add one cup of red wine and cook for 2 minutes. After that, add the broth and water.  Simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. The next step is making the croutons.  In the oven, bake at 325 degrees the cubed up pieces of bread, with the butter, thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper. Roast until golden brown and crispy.
  5. After thirty minutes, add a couple ladles of soup, a few croutons, and the cheese into a soup bowl and broil until the cheese gets “crackly”.
  6. Get on your couch, slurp your soup and throw on a good movie, it’s time to get better.

These are the croutons that will assure the success of the soup.

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