Florentine Caramelized Onion Soup

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Also known as "carabaccia", this is a local specialty in Florence, and is hard to find even in cookbooks specializing in Italian soups! The effect should be rich and somewhat sweet (but not too much). Adding roasted garlic would be a good variation.

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 4 pounds onions

  • 2 teaspoons white sugar

  • salt to taste

  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle dry white wine

  • 1 quart chicken broth

  • 1 small cinnamon stick

  • 4 cups cubed, stale French or Italian bread

Directions

  1. In a large heavy pot, heat oil over medium heat. Cut onions in half lengthwise, then slice thinly. Place sliced onions in pot and toss to coat with oil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened and beginning to color, 30 minutes.

  2. Increase heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, uncovered, until onions are amber in color, 45 minutes.

  3. Sprinkle onions with sugar and a little bit of salt; cook, stirring, until sugar melts and onions are caramel colored, 5 minutes. Pour in wine and broth, and place cinnamon stick in pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer 1 hour.

  4. Stir the bread into the soup and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally until the bread disintegrates, 30 to 45 minutes.

  5. Remove the cinnamon stick. Whisk the soup to incorporate the bread. Adjust seasoning. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

528 Calories
11g Fat
75g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 528
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Sodium 470mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 75g 27%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 16mg 80%
Calcium 113mg 9%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 683mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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