Mr. Kitchentales asked what goodies were in store for supper, and I said goodies doesn't begin to describe it, because I had no idea. "Soup?" he said.
"Soup and goodies don't belong in the same sentence."
This soup is pretty good considering the simple ingredients. We didn't have the mushrooms.
Cream of Onion Soup
1 medium to large onion, chopped
(2 - 3 fresh mushrooms, cut in half and sliced or diced)
1 tbsp oil or butter
1 tsp sugar
1/2 - 1 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp flour
1 cup water
1 tsp beef or chicken base or 1 bouillon cube (salt free would be okay)
1 cup dry mashed potato flakes**
2 cups half-and-half
1 - 2 tbsp dry sherry
Saute the onion and optional mushroom in oil or butter with sugar until soft but not browned: cover with a lid and cook on low. Stir in the flour and cook a little minute to remove the raw taste of the flour. Add the water and bouillon, stirring to dissolve the bouillon. Stir in the potato flakes and half-and-half, adding more half-and-half or water to make a good consistency. Heat slowly until hot and stir in the sherry. Heat up again and serve.
** you can use 1 potato, diced. Cook it in the onion/water mixture until tender, puree the whole soup in a blender or food processor and return to the pan. Heat up and add the sherry.