Caramelized Onion Soup

Caramelized Onion Soup with Golden Raisin Pesto

A burst of golden raisin flavor makes this healthy soup far from ordinary.


  • Serving Size: 1 cup


  • Olive oil; as needed
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped or sliced
  • 4 large ripe tomatoes; cored, peeled and diced*
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper; to taste

Golden Raisin Pesto

  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Olive oil; as needed
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 cup California golden raisins
  • Salt and pepper; to taste
  • Cilantro leaves, for garnish
  • Whole California golden raisins; for garnish


In sautépan, heat a few tablespoons of olive oil until almost smoking. Add onions and cook until caramelized, stirring constantly. Stir in garlic and tomatoes, stirring all the while; cook about 5 minutes. Then add broth; bring to a boil and let simmer for 10 minutes more. Salt and pepper to taste.

Golden Raisin Pesto

In blender or food processor, combine cilantro, lemon juice, olive oil as needed, pine nuts and raisins. Pulse until well blended and smooth. Salt and pepper to taste.

To serve, adjust seasonings in soup; divide and ladle into bowls. Garnish with dollop of pesto, fresh cilantro leaves and whole raisins.

Notes: One can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes may be substituted. If cream soup is preferred, purée soup in blender and add 1 cup of heavy cream.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 160 (36% from fat); Total Fat 7g (sat 1g, mono 3g, poly 1g, trans 0g ); Cholesterol 0mg; Protein 4g; Carbohydrate 24g; (Dietary Fiber 2g; Sugars 17g; ); Iron 1mg; Sodium 510mg; Calcium 25mg; Potassium 442mg

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