Quick French Onion Soup

Quick French Onion Soup

Bring the allium family—onions, leeks, garlic—together in this simpler and heartier version of French onion soup. If you've always found the traditional melted cheese topping too intimidating to try at home, you'll find this version user-friendly; just top toasted bread with cheese and pour the soup over to melt it. Including chickpeas makes it filling enough for a main course.

From EatingWell: EatingWell Serves Two
Yield: 2 servings, 1 1/2 cups each
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  1. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 1 small sweet onion, sliced
  3. 1 leek, white and light green parts only, chopped
  4. 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  5. 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme, or 1/4 teaspoon dried
  6. 1 tablespoon sherry, (see Note)
  7. Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  8. 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium beef broth
  9. 1 8-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
  10. 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives, or scallion greens
  11. 2 slices whole-wheat country bread, toasted
  12. 1/3 cup shredded Gruyere, or fontina cheese

Preparation

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, stir to coat and cover. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring often, until the onion is soft and starting to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add leek, garlic and thyme and cook, uncovered, stirring often, until the leek begins to soften, 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add sherry and pepper. Increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring, until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 30 seconds. Stir in broth and chickpeas; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in chives (or scallion greens).
  3. Place bread in the bottom of 2 bowls; top with cheese. Ladle the soup over the bread and cheese and serve immediately.

Tips & Notes

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving: 484 calories; 15 g fat (5 g sat, 8 g mono); 23 mg cholesterol; 66 g carbohydrates; 19 g protein; 9 g fiber; 608 mg sodium; 504 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (35% daily value), Calcium (30% dv), Vitamin A (20% dv), Magnesium (18% dv).

4 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 3 starch, 3 vegetable, 1 high fat meat, 1 fat