Now that the nice weather is back (i.e., cool) it’s time to start making cozy food. Today I made some French onion soup and macaroni and cheese. Both are easy and I thought I’d share the recipes.
French Onion Soup
5 cups thinly sliced onions 1t salt
3T butter 1/4 t sugar
1T oil 3T corn starch
2qt chicken broth, I make my own in the crockpot after roasting a chicken -easy
Cook onions slowly with butter and oil. Cover for 15 minutes on low. Remove lid and turn up to medium. Add sugar and salt. Cook and stir until onions are golden brown, about 30-40 minutes. Time spent here will improve the flavour. Sprinkle on cornstarch and cook a couple of minutes. Add onions to hot stock. Simmer, partially covered, for 30-40 minutes.
In oven-proof bowl, add some croutons or toast and pour in soup. Top with nice layer of mozzarella or Parmesan or Swiss. Broil until cheese is melted.
I usually baggie up the leftover soup (minus croutons and cheese) and keep it in the freezer, it reheats well.
Macaroni and Cheese
1c macaroni, cooked till tender
3T butter 3/4 t salt
3T cornstarch 2 c milk, any kind we usually use 2%
1/4 t dry mustard 2 c grated cheese, we use cheddar
Melt butter and cornstarch and mustard for a few minutes. Pour in milk and stir until fairly thick. Stir in cheese until melted. Drain macaroni and pour into cheese sauce. Pour everything into a greased 1 1/2 qt casserole.
Bake 400F for 20 minutes. You can top with buttered crumbs but I don’t usually.