Chantal served this to us once at dinner and it was sublime.
3 T. butter
4 medium yellow onions, quartered
1/2 c. pecans, chopped
1/2 c. fresh basil, chopped
1/2 c. fresh parsley, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 c. heavy cream
4 c. chicken broth
1/2 c. chopped artichoke hearts (rinse if canned)
additional fresh basil for garnish
In a medium saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add onion; cook 15-20 minutes. Add pecans; cook, stirring ocassionally, over medium heat for an additional 10-15 minutes. Watch carefully, as onions caramelize easily and burn. Add basil, parsley, salt and pepper. Cook 5 minutes.
Remove from stove and purée mixure in blender.
Return puréed mixture to saucepan; add cream, chicken broth and artichoke hearts. Bring to a slow boil; remove from heat at once. Garnish with more fresh basil, if desired.
yields about 7 cups of soup