Old Fashion Onion Soup

So both last week and this week I was able to pick up a 3 pd bag of white onions for 88 cents for one and a dollar for the other, this means I have lots of onions in the house right now for my 10 dollars a week fresh food challange.

As it happens I also cooked off a package of lamb chops, but I had trimmed out the meat and had nice meaty bones to roast off (while using the oven for other things as well, including making bread), the key to a good broth is to brown the bones first in the oven, then simmer them to bring out all the goodness and to get a nice darkish broth. As these were in fact leftover’s from the lamb chops themselves, I am unsure how to price them.

I took two large onions (total cost ten cents) and put some of my duck fat (again, don’t know how to price it if you bought your own fat but about 2 tbsp of lard) and cooked down my onions till they were rich and golden brown with lots of brown bits in the pan, and then added the bone broth to it, added in lots of dried crumbed horseradish greens, a bit of fresh cracked black pepper, a touch of sea salt and about a tsp of instant dark roast coffee to darken the broth up.  This made us a total of eight bowls of soup, which as I was using up leftover bones, I figure even adding in the instant coffee and the fat costs, about a dollar for the pot to make or about 12.5 cents per bowl.. now that is one frugal meal..

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4 Responses to Old Fashion Onion Soup

  1. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Wow, that’s a really nice looking bowl of soup you’ve got there for 12.5 cents… Now, how much more would it (really) cost to float a few stale bread croutons and a bit of cheese broiled on top to suddenly morph it into a bowl of French Onion that’d cost you over 5$ in a restaurant?

    • Well, that is a good question, I would take a rough guess of about another 10 cents a bowl for my own farm costs, but would add another 50 cents if you got both items at the store.. so still very much under a dollar a bowl, compared to that 5 dollar out at the restaurant.

  2. Yummy!!!! I LOVE onions…so I”d add more…because there can never be enough. This soup looks really tasty 🙂 🙂 I haven’t tried bone broth, yet…just the natural chicken broth. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather 🙂

  3. I’ve been wanting to make onion soup for a long time. I’ve never attempted it. This looks so good!

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