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Grilled red onion & red wine soup

(recipe inspired by a recipe in Deborah Madison’s “Greens” cookbook)

peanut oil
salt and pepper
3 lbs. red onions, quartered through the root end and peeled
¼ cup olive oil
6 large cloves garlic, minced
4 cans (14 oz.) diced tomatoes
3 quarts stock, vegetable or chicken
3 cups dry red wine
¼ cup parsley, chopped
1 tbsp. fresh thyme, chopped
Garnish ideas: sour cream, other fresh herbs, grated parmesan cheese, seasoned toasted bread crumbs.

Brush onion quarters lightly with peanut oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and grill them over medium-high grill. Grill all sides of the onions evenly, then remove them from the grill and set aside. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Saute garlic one minute, then add the tomatoes. Bring tomato mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer. Cut root end off onions and add them to the tomato mixture along with the stock and wine. Bring soup to a boil again and then simmer for approximately 40 minutes or until onions are completely soft. Allow soup to cool slightly, then puree soup in a blender and return to pot. Correct soup for seasonings and serve hot with the parsley, thyme, and any other of the suggested garnishes. Makes 8-10 servings.

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