Hearty Onion Soup

Although winter’s gone, this warming dish (featuring one of New Zealand’s star crops) can help keep out the chill as we head into spring.


2 tbsp butter
4 onions, ringed and/or chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 sprigs fresh thyme
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
1 cup red wine
3 tbsp flour
2 cups chicken stock
6 cups beef stock
2 hamburger buns
1 cup grated cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste


Melt butter in a large pot. Add onions, garlic and herbs. Season with salt and pepper and sauté for 30 mins over low heat while stirring regularly. Increase heat and deglaze the pot with red wine. Continue cooking until the wine has evaporated. Remove herbs.

Sprinkle flour over onions and continue cooking for approximately five mins. Add chicken and beef stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 mins. While the soup is simmering, cut star shapes from hamburger bun halves using a cookie cutter. Lightly butter buns and top them with grated cheese. Grill in the oven until the cheese is melted and golden.

Pour the soup into bowls and place a cheese star on top of each one. Serve and enjoy!

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