Sweet Vanilla Onion Soup

Sweet Vanilla Onion Soup A sweeter variation of the traditional French onion soup recipe, this sweet onion soup gets it's flavor and aroma from vanilla seeds and a cinnamon stick.

With the whole family sick, I thought it would be nice to have a pot of soup on the stove to dip into anytime we needed something warm to eat.
Sweet onion soup with fresh wholegrain bread

I wouldn't normally bother posting a recipe for onion soup, which there are probably thousands of online already. So I gave some thought to how I could make this one unique, and I recalled stumbling across some gourmet sugar with vanilla seeds whilst cleaning out the pantry yesterday. Seems like a good way to customize the classic onion soup recipe.


Adjust these quantities depending on how much soup you want to make.
Sweet onion soup with vanilla and cinnamon ingredients

  • 1.5kg of onions
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • A few sprigs of Thyme
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • A knob of butter
  • A bay leaf
  • Salt + pepper to season
  • One cinnamon stick
  • Seeds of one vanilla pod
  • 3 litres of chicken / beef / vegetable stock
  • fresh bread and butter to serve

Saute the onions

Doing your very best not to cry, slice, dice or chop the onions as you like them. I like a base of mostly diced onion, with a few large chunky pieces as well.
Add the onions to a large pot, along with the crushed garlic, chopped thyme, butter and olive oil. On low heat, slowly cook the onions, stirring every couple of minutes.
Slowly cook the onions

After about 10 minutes, add 1/2 a cup of sugar - more or less depending on how sweet you like your soup. Add the seeds of a vanilla pod and the cinnamon stick.
Caramelize the onions on low heat until a lovely golden brown color, about 20 minutes.
Caramelized onions


Add the stock to the soup and give a good stir. You might also want to add some Worcestershire sauce and Kiwis or Aussies might add some Marmite / Vegemite as well.
Onion Soup starting to cook

With the cooking element on low heat, allow to cook for approx 1 hour.
Cooked sweet onion soup recipe


Serve any way you like, but you would be crazy to eat this lovely soup without some nice fresh bread. I make my own bread, and went for a wholegrain loaf with sun dried tomato, sage and garlic.
Sweet onion soup with fresh wholegrain bread

Soup usually goes well with Parmesan cheese on top too.
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