Maureen: As you can see, the boys have opted out of this one.
Tim: Why is that?
Nicholas (10): I am just not in the mood for soup. I think I have to be in the right mood so I would like it, and today is not that day.
Andrew (14): I’m with Nicholas. I don’t feel like having soup either. So I’ll have pasta.
Maureen: Well, I think it’s great. Perfect for a blustery autumn day.
Tim: You know what this reminds me of? French onion soup.
Maureen: That’s funny. He says in the introduction it’s his favourite soup recipe EVER and is a variation on an onion soup recipe.
Tim: I really like it.
Maureen: So do I. This could *almost* be a meat-free Monday special if you took out the pancetta, but I think I like having the pancetta in as it gives you a bit of a yummy surprise every few mouthfuls. I’m sure you could make it without the pancetta, but I don’t know if it would be as good.
Tim: Yes, I know what you mean. But it has a lot of onions, so it’s nice to have other things in there as well.
Maureen: I also have to tell you that I added one more can of chopped tomatoes than called for in the recipe. It just looked a little sad to me with just one can in there, so I went for another one. I’m glad I did.
Tim: We should have this again.
Maureen: Agreed. Maybe the boys will be in the mood for it next time, so they can have it too.