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Roast Onion & Lemon Thyme Soup

I didn't originally intend to use lemon thyme in this dish, but you know how it is when you give your husband a shopping list and he gets to the shop, isn't sure and thinks getting something is better than coming home with nothing. Well, it was fine actually as I decided to go ahead and use the fresh lemon thyme. It turned out very well and the soup got the thumbs up from my parents who really enjoyed it.

Roast Onion & Lemon Thyme Soup

3 tbsp olive oil
6 white onions, peeled and quartered
2 red onions, peeled and quartered
4 cloves garlic (don't bother to peel these)
6 sprigs of lemon thyme
2 tsp dried thyme
2 pints vegetable stock
salt and freshly ground pepper
cream and fresh chives for garnish (optional)

Toss the onion quarters, garlic cloves, fresh and dried thyme in the olive oil and roast in the oven for 20 - 30 minutes until starting to brown. A high heat is best for this.

Remove the garlic cloves and squeeze the roasted garlic out of their coats and into the pan, then remove the sprigs of thyme. Pour the onions and garlic into a blender with a little hot stock and whizz until completely smooth. Pour into a pan with the rest of the stock and heat through.

Season the soup and serve with a splash of cream and a sprinkle of fresh chopped chives.

Serves 4

Easy peasy and so full of flavour.


  1. I lobe lemon thyme! It can be so hard to come by though so your husband was very lucky lol. Soup looks great ;0)

  2. Typing in the dark is not a good idea! What I meant to say was that I LoVe lemon thyme!!!!

  3. Husbands hey! Sometimes they do good in a roundabout kind of way!!

  4. I thought that was what you meant to say Chele :D

    They do Beth, yes, they are sometimes useful :)

  5. oh I am thinking about this event - this onion soup is definitely great comfort food for me with winter on the way

  6. Great sounding dish,way to make it work! You know what they say, when live gives you lemon thyme make...great soup?

  7. Lemon is magical. It can do so much for so many dishes - savoury or sweet

  8. And just what's wrong with croutons, pray tell?

  9. I got hung up for a while reading your cheesecake recipe. OMG, I would like a piece of that right now!

    The soup sounds great too, but I really like croutons!

  10. This soup does the allium family proud Jacqueline.

  11. Anything with lemon thyme gets my vote!

  12. Your soup sounds great. I bought some leeks, but haven't figured out what I am going to do yet. I bet get crackin'!

  13. Hi Johanna, I feel sorry that winter is on it's way to you, but I can't help feel overjoyed that summer is on it's way to us. I look forward to seeing what you come up with :)

    That can be a new saying TB, just think how we could confuse people if we say that when they mention lemon thyme, he he :D

    I do agree with you John, I love lemon in dishes.

    Croutons are a lovely addition to soup, but really it is just so good without need for them Circus Monkey :)

    The cheesecake is pretty fantastic Barbara :)

    I hardly ever use it Spaghetti, but I will be calling apon it again, definitely.

    Thanks Val :)

    Thanks Alex :)

    You still have time Sarah. Must head over to your blog, haven't been around much but I want to hear all about your holiday.

    Thanks Sophie :)


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