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Effortless French Onion Soup from Scratch

¬†Have you thought about making French Onion Soup from scratch but have been scared away by chopping and cooking all those onions? What if I told you that you don’t actually have to do any of that to get a fabulous soup? YUP! I have the solution and a giveaway to make it happen. You’re welcome. ūüôā

French Onion Soup from scratch. Made in the Bellini by Cedar Lane, this soup literally takes about 10 minutes of prep time to make.

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French Onion Soup from Scratch

A while back, I recieved a Bellini Kitchen Master to try out. Honestly, it’s been sitting in my kitchen for weeks collecting dust because #1, I was intimidated by it, and #2, I didn’t think I would like it, and #3, I’ve just been dang busy, you guys. Busy travel schedule, fourth quarter blogging craziness, and kid activities on steroids – it’s just been a bit much. I admit it.

But I knew I had to try that thing out because the company wants me to give one to a lucky reader!, and honestly, all of the excuses I just listed mean I REALLY need to use the Bellini that much more. Because it is seriously easy and does a great job as a kitchen helper, especially for the lazy cook like me. After perusing through the cookbooks that came with the machine, I finally decided to make French Onion Soup.

Effortless French Onion Soup from Scratch

French Onion Soup is something my husband has been begging me to make for quite some time, but I never made it for him before. Honestly, the thought of chopping and cooking all of those onions just makes me cringe. But the Bellini promised minimal effort on my part, so it’s the recipe I chose. And boy was it easy! And Delicious!!!

To make this soup:

bellini makes french onion soup from scratch super easy by chopping the onions for you.

Peel and quarter onions and throw them with some butter into the Bellini. Chop them in the Bellini.¬†(it takes 25 seconds). No crying. No running mascara. No hurting hands. Onion chopping bliss. ūüėÄ

Cook the French Onion Soup from scratchin the Bellini by Cedar Lane

Cook the chopped onion and the butter for an hour (not once do you have to stir them because the machine does it for you), add the liquids and herbs and cook again for 45 minutes.

Top French Onion Soup with bread and cheese and melt in the oven.

Top with bread and cheese and melt in the oven. DONE! Restaurant quality French Onion Soup from scratch for seriously ridiculous lack of effort. WIN!

Now if you don’t have a Bellini, you can still make this recipe. Just chop those onions by hand, throw them in a pot and stir and stir and stir. Add the liquids, and stir and stir some more. Then top with bread and cheese, melt, and enjoy. Not a big deal to make this recipe even by hand, honestly. But the Bellini makes this recipe oh so easy.

French Onion Soup from scratch. Made in the Bellini by Cedar Lane, this soup literally takes about 10 minutes of prep time to make.

By the way, you can cook this soup ahead of time and store it in your fridge for three days. You can also freeze it for up to six months. It’s my new favorite lunch recipe.

How about a printable recipe?

Yield: 4 servings

Effortless French Onion Soup Recipe {And giveaway…}

Effortless French Onion Soup Recipe {And giveaway…}

A rich, homemade, and EFFORTLESS French Onion Soup!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 pounds Vidalia onions (about 4 medium), quarted
  • 1 teaspoon REAL Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 TBS unbleached white flour
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups homemade beef broth or good quality store-bought beef broth

For the bread

  • 1/2 loaf French bread
  • garlic clove
  • 1 cup (or more) shredded Gruyere Cheese

Instructions

  1. Add butter and quartered onions to the Bellini and chop on speed 1 for 15 seconds. Make sure the lid is secured on your machine or it won't turn on.
  2. Turn the heat on to 100 C and cook for one hour on speed 1. Remove the measuring cap from the lid.
  3. Next add the wine, beef broth, spices, and flour, and cook 45 more minutes at 100 C on speed 1.
  4. While it's cooking, slice up a nice French bread, two pieces per bowl. Place in 400 degree oven and cook for 1 minute per side, until the bread is dry but not brown. Rub a garlic clove over one side of the bread and set aside.
  5. Once the Bellini has finished cooking, ladle soup into oven-safe bowls and place on a rimmed baking sheet.
  6. Top the soup with bread and shredded Gruyere cheese.
  7. Transfer baking sheet to oven and broil until cheese is melted and bubbling, 4 to 8 minutes.
  8. If you don't have oven safe bowls, you can put the bread on parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake in the oven, then top the soup with the bread.
  9. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142 Total Fat: 9g Carbohydrates: 3g Protein: 12g

Curious about the Bellini by Cedarlane?

This incredible machine mixes, blends, weighs, steams, stirs, whips, emulsifies, grinds, heats, cooks, chops AND kneads your freshest ingredients.It can even brew fresh coffee – although I haven’t tried that.

Following is a short video you can watch if you’d like to see it in action.

The Bellini Kitchen Master retails for between $500-$600 at Best Buy, Kohls, Walmart, and more, but you can buy one for $379.05 on Amazon right now! I’m also giving one away…

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French Onion Soup from scratch. Made in the Bellini by Cedar Lane, this soup literally takes about 10 minutes of prep time to make.

Instant Pot Beef Roast with Rigatoni – Hearty & Delicious!

Looking for hearty Instant Pot recipes to add to your dinner line-up? This Instant Pot Beef Roast with Rigatoni ¬†is sure to be a keeper! Easy to make and impressive, it’s a crowd pleaser for all ages. And an active prep time of only 20 minutes gets you in and out of the kitchen in a jiffy!

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Instant Pot Beef Roast with Rigatoni – Hearty & Delicious

I just jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon and I’m hooked! I have to admit, this is the first meal I made in my Instant Pot and I was a little worried. But let me tell you, if you can make¬†Beef with Rigatoni and it turns out like this, anything’s possible in the Instant Pot.¬†I am so excited to keep playing with this machine!
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Winter¬†is on the way! In my rural area, the corn has fired and the beans are changing colors. The weather is getting a little cooler, and the gardening is slowing down. I’m looking forward to hearty, filling, and warm dishes: meals that look like they took forever to prepare, but didn’t really. This recipe is one such meal.¬†And even better, when you make it in an Instant Pot, you can do everything in this one machine.¬†From sauteing, to searing, to¬†pressure cooking the whole shebang! Since you dirty fewer pots and pans, that means quick clean up for you!

The inspiration for this recipe came from Ragu’s recipe collection. They have a very similar version made in the slow cooker. Since I just got my Instant Pot, I wanted to see if I could use that! Turns out, I did! And you will love it.

Let’s get started on this Instant Pot Beef Roast with Rigatoni !

To make this recipe, first prep all the veggies and slice your pot roast into four chucks. Saute the onions and garlic right in the Instant Pot – using the Saute feature. You may want to punch up the heat a little to get the temperature up to a high enough heat. Saute the onions and garlic in avocado oil just until their juices release and they are nice and flavorful, then remove to a bowl.

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Now, add a little more avocado oil ¬†(it has a high smoke point and is perfect for searing and sauting – DON’T use olive oil which has a low smoke point) to the Instant Pot. Season the meat with salt, pepper, and dried oregano, and then sear quickly on all sides. You may need to do this in batches as you don’t want to crowd the meat. Remove the meat to a bowl and turn off the Instant Pot.

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Now you’re ready to put everything back in the Instant Pot and turn on the pressure cooker! Add the carrots and celery, onions and garlic, and top with meat. Pour on the wine, water, and Ragu. Add a 1/2 – 1 tsp¬†salt, depending on your tastes.

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Put the lid on the Instant Pot, make sure the steam release handle on the top of the lid points to SEALING and the lid is locked in place. You could probably use the MEAT/STEW function to cook this recipe, but I chose to use MANUAL and cook for 40 minutes. It was the perfect time! The meat shredded very easily and everything was beautifully cooked.

Useful tools to make this Instant Pot Beef Roast with Rigatoni




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If you’ve never used an Instant Pot before, you should know that the machine does take some time to come to pressure. During that time you’ll hear little pops and an occasional whistle. Also, the machine will say ON. When it reaches the appropriate pressure, which can take at least TEN MINUTES, the countdown will start and you will know how much time the dish has left to cook.

When the time is up, the Instant Pot will switch to warm mode. I let mine site for a few  minutes and then released the pressure by turning the steam release handle to VENTING. Once all of the steam is released, you can unlock the lid and behold your beautiful meal!

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The last thing you need to do is remove the meat from the pot and shred it with two forks. Then return the meat to the sauce, give it a good stir, and serve it on rigatoni that you cooked separately.

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Don’t have an Instant Pot? You can still make this¬†Beef with Rigatoni!

You can find a very similar recipe adapted for the slow cooker on the¬†Ragu website! Head¬†over here¬†and grab it. By the way, Ragu’s website is really nice and full of simple yet delicious recipes that will be on your table in a jiffy! I really recommend heading over there to check out all of the deliciousness and quick meal ideas!

Delicious Beef with Rigatoni, on your plate in a jiffy if you use an Instant Pot!

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One thing I really love about this recipe, besides the fact that it’s delicious and quick to prep, is that my kids love it! It’s always nice to find recipes that the whole family likes. I get really tired of hearing my kids moan and groan about my cooking so I’m glad they like this recipe!

Instant Pot Beef Roast with Rigatoni

Yield: 8

Beef with Rigatoni - Hearty & Delicious Instant Pot Meal

Beef with Rigatoni - Hearty & Delicious Instant Pot Meal

Hearty and filling meal with a quick prep time.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 tbs avocado oil (or other oil with a high smoke point)
  • 2 pound boneless beef chuck roast, trimmed of excess fat and silverskin, cut into 4 large pieces
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 jar [b]RAG√ö¬ģ Homestyle Thick & Hearty Roasted Garlic Sauce[/b]
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup dry red wine (or beef broth if desired)
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 pound rigatoni pasta, cooked
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley

Instructions

  1. Using your Instant Pot, or other electronic pressure cooker, heat 1 tbs avocado oil and saute the onions and garlic for 1-2 minutes (using the saute function on the Instant Pot), until they release juices and turn fragrant.
  2. Remove onions and garlic from Instant Pot, and add 1 more tbs avocado oil.
  3. Season beef chunks with salt, pepper, and oregano and sear it in batches. Remove beef from Instant Pot.
  4. Now put all veggies in the Instant Pot and top with beef. Pour the water, wine (or beef broth if you prefer), and the Ragu Sauce over the meat. Add more salt to taste (1/2 -1 tsp).
  5. Seal the Instant Pot. Make sure the steam release handle is pointed to sealing, select the Manual function key, and punch in 40 minutes.
  6. Note: it can take 10 or more minutes for the Instant Pot to come up to correct pressure, so be patient. When it's at the right pressure, the display will start counting down and you can track how long the food has to cook.
  7. When the pressure cooking time is finished, let the machine sit for a few minutes, then release the pressure by turning the steam release handle on the lid to venting and wait for all steam to release.
  8. Once the steam is finished, open the lid, and remove the meat.
  9. Shred meat with two forks and return to pot. Give the sauce a good stir.
  10. Serve over cooked noodles and enjoy!


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Instant Pot Chicken & Rice

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