I lucked out–my daughter loves onions. In fact it is her second most requested soup besides miso. The onion family is large and ranges in pungency and taste from delicate scallions to garlic’s bold presence. Great for many health issues from heart disease, to clearing phlegm from allergies and colds to boosting the digestive system.
This recipes makes excellent use of several types of onions and is quite simple to vary. In colder months, I may use beef broth for a richer base. It’s also lovely with whole pearl onions added in for more variety and flavor. Use with the cream or opt out if you have a lot of mucus and congestion.
In a large stock pot, melt butter or heat oil.
Add in onions, leeks and shallots. Sauté, covered over low heat until vegetables are tender about 20 minutes. Be careful to not burn or caramelize the onions.
Add in stock, wine, bay leaf and thyme. Season with salt and pepper.
Bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove bay leaf.
For a creamy soup, use immersion blender or blender to purée the onions. Be careful as the liquid is hot. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
Whisk in cream. Adjust seasonings and serve garnished with scallions.
Healing benefits: onions aid circulation, clear phlegm and benefit the heart--that's just the start.
Energetics: Warming, qi building, damp draining, invigorating. Aids digestion, breaks up phlegm and accumulations, clears the sinuses, tonifies the Lungs, Stomach and Spleen.
Diplomate, Asian Bodywork Therapy (Dipl. ABT NCCAOM)
Certified Holistic Nutritionist (CHN)
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I have been practicing and teaching since 1994. I maintain my private therapy practice at Pulse Holistic Health offer Amma Therapy, Holistic Nutrition therapy sessions and classes for the public. In 2016, I started teaching Amma therapy apprentices again. I write regularly and offer classes in continuing education and for the public.