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Serves : 8
© Simon Watson

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a large saucepan, cover the chicken wings with 10 cups of water. Add the carrot and celery and bring to a boil. Skim, add a few pinches of salt and simmer over low heat for 1 1/2 hours. Strain the stock and skim off the fat. Measure out 1/2 cup of stock and set it aside.

Step 2    

Heat the 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the scallions and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the onions and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes. Add 2 quarts of the chicken stock and a pinch of salt and simmer over low heat until the onions and scallions are very soft, about 15 minutes. Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender until very smooth. Pour the soup into a clean saucepan and season with salt.

Step 3    

Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a medium saucepan. Add the potato, garlic and a pinch of salt and cook over low heat, stirring, until the potato pieces are glazed, about 2 minutes. Add the reserved 1/2 cup of chicken stock and 1/2 cup of water and simmer over moderately low heat until most of the liquid has evaporated and the potato is tender, about 10 minutes.

Step 4    

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Pass the potato through a ricer into a medium bowl. Fold the whipped cream into the potato and season with salt.

Step 5    

Ladle the hot soup into warmed shallow bowls. Drizzle 8 drops of balsamic vinegar over each soup, then mound 2 tablespoons of the whipped potato in the center. Sprinkle with cayenne and serve at once.

Make Ahead

The soup can be prepared through Step 2 and refrigerated for up to 2 days.

Suggested Pairing

A big, full-bodied Chardonnay will complement the richness of the onion soup first course, as well as the fruit and acidity of the saffron linguine with tomatoes.

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