Harry Potter-Inspired Onion Soup

Yield: 4-6 servings


3 large onions, peeled and sliced thinly

2 large leeks, white only - cleaned well and sliced thinly

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 bay leaf

6 cups beef, vegetable or chicken stock

1 cup half and half

4 oz. finely shredded white cheddar cheese

Salt and pepper to taste


Heat a large pot over medium-high heat and add a tablespoon or so of oil.

Add onions and leeks and cook until wilted and just beginning to brown.

Add garlic, stock and bay leaf. Simmer until onions are softened, about 30 minutes.

Add half and half and thicken well with a *beurre manie.

Stir in shredded cheese just until melted, remove bay leaf and serve.

Season with salt and pepper once the soup is thickened to your liking.

*Note- Beurre Manie is French for "kneaded butter". It consists of equal parts four to butter. Combine flour and butter and knead until well combined. Add a small amount at a time to a simmering liquid and whisk until smooth. Add more as needed.