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Vegan French Onion Soup

Posted on by Alisa Fleming in Dairy-Free Recipes, Soup with 7 Comments

Mark Reinfeld is one of my favorite vegan cookbook authors, so I’m very excited about his latest book, The 30-Minute Vegan’s Taste of Europe. German bratwurst and moussaka are no match for the creative talents of Reinfeld. He even puts a delicious dairy-free spin on a classically cheesy soup – yes, Mark has created a vegan french onion soup recipe (which he is sharing with us today)!

Vegan French Onion Soup RecipeThe 30-Minute Vegan’s Taste of Europe covers eight general cuisines, French, German, Greek, Italian, English/Irish, Spanish/Portuguese, and European fusion, and includes 150 plant-based vegan recipes. Most of the recipes are gluten-free or can easily be adapted to gluten-free (like this vegan french onion soup – simply use gluten-free bread).

To keep this vegan french onion soup allergy-friendly, use nutritional yeast or reach for a cheese alternative like Daiya or Galaxy shreds. They are made without gluten and without the top eight food allergens.

Vegan French Onion Soup
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From the book The 30-Minute Vegan’s Taste of Europe by Mark Reinfeld. Excerpted by arrangement with Da Capo Lifelong, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Copyright (c) 2012. www.dacapopresscookbooks.com. Photo credit is: Sea Light Studios
Serves: 6 to 8 servings

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or vegan butter
  • 2 large yellow onions, sliced thinly (4 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup red wine, or 1 cup sherry
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 sprigs flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 cup grated vegan mozzarella- or Cheddar-style cheese, or ½ cup nutritional yeast, or to taste
  • ½ baguette (white, wheat, or gluten-free)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  1. Prepare the soup: Place the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions, salt, and pepper, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the wine and vinegar and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently and adding small amounts of vegetable stock if necessary to prevent sticking.
  2. Lower the heat to medium, add the vegetable stock and herbs to the pot, and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the croutons: Set the oven to broil and oil a baking sheet. Slice the baguette into ½-inch slices and place on the prepared baking sheet. Baste with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil for 5 minutes, or until the bread is crispy.
  4. To serve, remove the bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Pour the soup into oven-safe bowls, add a baguette slice, and sprinkle the top with vegan cheese. Place under the broiler until the cheese melts, about 5 minutes. If you do not have oven-safe bowls, simply top with the cheese before serving.

About Alisa Fleming

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living


  1. Sara SawochkaOctober 3, 2012 at 1:08 pmReply

    Thank you for posting this fabulous recipe. It looks really yummy and I cannot wait to try it.

  2. JoanneOctober 6, 2012 at 8:48 amReply

    I’ve actually MAJORLY been craving French onion soup lately…perfect timing! This cookbook also sounds amazing by the way. Def need to check it out so I can make some veg greek food for my boyfriend!

  3. Sat GarciaJanuary 5, 2013 at 9:20 pmReply

    I made this tonight and really liked it. Thanks for posting the recipe!

  4. Chris in NCJanuary 26, 2013 at 10:39 pmReply

    Made this twice for my Vegetarian girlfriend. Very delicious, hits the spot every time. I’d prefer this over regular french onion soup any day.

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