French Onion Soup

(Serves 4)
Here’s a healthy version of the classic French onion soup recipe.


4” piece kombu seaweed
pinch sea salt
8 cups water
4 large onions, chopped
4 large onions, sliced in half-moons
sesame oil
shoyu (naturally brewed soy sauce)
1/2 block mochi,* cut into one-inch cubes (optional)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Place the water, kombu, and sea salt in a large pot. Bring to a boil and remove the kombu. (Reserve it to use in another dish, such as the next time you cook beans.)
  2. Meanwhile, place the oil in a cast iron skillet and fry the onions. After they are brown, cover the skillet and continue to cook on low until the onion mixture is a thick goo. This may take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours. Give them a stir occasionlly so they don’t stick.
  3. Add the onions to the kombu stock. Return the broth to a simmer.
  4. Season with a generous splash of shoyu.
  5. If you are using mochi, place the mochi in the broth and cover the pot. Cook for 5 minutes, or just until the mochi melts. Serve and enjoy!

* Mochi is a cake made from pounded sweet rice. When you add it to soup, it will melt and give you a topping similar to cheese, but much healtheir! You can find it in the refrigerator section of health food stores. For this recipe, use plain (unflavored) mochi.

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