Onion soup

Irish onion soup with soda bread croutons

'Crouton' may come from the French for crust, but soda bread gives an Irish touch here

By , 14 March 2017
Irish onion soup with soda bread croutons
  • Ready in: 60 mins
  • Serves: 6
  • Price: 58p per serving
Nutritional Info
Each 281g serving contains
  • Energy 835KJ 200KCAL
    10%
  • Fat low
    6.2g
    9%
  • Saturates low
    1.7g
    9%
  • Sugars med
    15.5g
    17%
  • Salt low
    0.70g
    12%
of your reference intake.
Typical energy values per 100g: 297kJ/71kcal.
Ingredients
  • 2tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 6 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 20g parsley, finely chopped
  • 1tsp thyme
  • 1tsp sugar
  • 440ml Guinness
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 6 slices soda bread
  • 50g 30% less fat mature cheese, grated
  • Sprigs of thyme, to garnish
Method
  • Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onions, garlic, parsley, thyme and sugar, and stir to combine. Cover and leave to sweat over a low heat for 20-30 mins, stirring occasionally, until the onions have softened and turned golden brown.

  • Pour the Guinness into the pan and simmer for 5 mins. Add the stock cube and 300ml boiling water. Increase the heat and simmer for 20 mins, uncovered.

  • Meanwhile, preheat the grill to high and lightly toast the soda bread. Sprinkle with the cheese and grill for 2-3 mins until the cheese is bubbling.

  • Divide the soup between 6 bowls and serve with a crouton on top of each. Garnish with thyme and black pepper.