... caramelized onion and bread soup...

Do you need a starter for Thanksgiving?  Maybe a nice soup that isn't exactly filling, but has an incredible flavor of caramelized onions no one can deny?  I saw this recipe next to one I used for Easter this year.  The closer I looked, the more I saw that I had all of these ingredients.  I love love love when I can throw something together with things I already have in the fridge, and in the pantry.

The taste of caramelized onions carries throughout, making this taste like a creamy French Onion Soup.

Recipe Loosely Adapted from Food and Wine.

3 slices wheat bread, cut into 1 inch squares
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
2 onions, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups water
4 cups reduced fat milk
1/2 cup half and half

Preheat the oven to 350 and toast the bread for 10 minutes.  Meanwhile, melt the butter then add in the onions.  Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.  Reduce heat and cook uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring once and a awhile, and adding a few tablespoons of water throughout the deglaze the pan.

Add in the toasted bread, milk and water and bring to a boil.  Simmer for 5 minutes until bread is soft.  Using your immersion blender, or a blender itself, blend until there are no lumps and it's smooth.  Bring the soup back up to a simmer and season with salt and pepper.  Serve immediately.  Garnishing this soup with some chives adds a fresh look and bite.

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