Creamy onion soup has loads of tender sweet onions, swimming in a flavorful, blended cheese base. This soup is a soothing meal or side dish.
A few days ago, I was having the kind of day in which I struggled to get anything of value accomplished. My mind continuously swirling with all of the things that needed to be checked off my To Do List that day, but it was a day full of weird interruptions and a near constant need for Mom-as-Mediator with my boys. So much so, that I was hard pressed to get anything accomplished at all! I hate feeling simultaneously stressed with obligation and too scatter-brained to get anything done.
In between sibling arbitration, I opted to further procrastinate by browsing on Pinterest. Once there, I ran across an old for recipe for Walkabout Soup from CopyCat.com. I was so excited! Outback hasn’t featured that soup on the menu in years! (Stephanie Manly has developed hundreds of great, make-at-home versions of restaurant favorites. If you haven’t been by her site, you really should pay her a visit.)
One peek at the photo of the soup, and I was instantly transported back to my college days as a Server at Outback Steakhouse. A cup of that slightly sweet, creamy onion soup was pure comfort after a long shift of serving food to the masses. I honestly think that anyone whom enjoys eating at restaurants should spend some time waiting tables or working in a commercial kitchen–if for no other reason than to witness all of the work that goes into providing consistently good food for others. Restaurant hours are long, the jobs are physically exhausting, and the work is at times thankless, albeit rewarding. I must say that being a Server was the most fun that I’ve ever had on the job!
In retrospect, being a Server prepared me to cook for a house full of boys.
It was at Outback that I learned that although shallow soup/salad bowls are beautiful serving vessels, they are very unforgiving when dropped. Knowing this valuable tidbit of information, my newlywed-self went ahead and purchased everyday dishes that included shallow soup bowls. Clearly, I was not thinking about a future family nor what would happen when little boy fingers slipped while carrying lunch to the table. It happens.
For the second time that day, I was whisked away to the kitchen at Outback–this time smirking at the memory of dozens of shallow bowls that met their untimely demise as I attempted to balance them on my arm, en route to the dining room–at least half of which were full of steaming Walkabout Soup.
The flashbacks were enough to convince me that I was supposed to make the soup for dinner that night. After cleaning up the latest mess, I hopped back online in search of the recipe. Once found, I discovered that while the recipe looked lovely, the ingredients weren’t quite right. Outback prides itself on making everything from scratch, so I knew that recipe wasn’t the soup that I’d watched the cooks make hundreds of times before. Lucky for me, my Garden Chowder recipe was loosely based on my memories of Walkabout Soup. I was able to reverse-engineer that recipe to coincide with memories made while helping chop onions alongside the soup chefs as they prepared the Walkabout Soup.
Creamy Onion Soup is my close approximation to Outback’s Walkabout Soup.
It’s a creamy, slightly sweet onion soup that’s just as soothing after a long day.