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.

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  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Place bread in the bottom of 2 bowls; top with cheese. Ladle the soup over the bread and cheese and serve immediately.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2. Cover and refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months.

Note: Sherry is a type of fortified wine originally from southern Spain. Don't use the “cooking sherry” sold in many supermarkets--it can be surprisingly high in sodium. Instead, purchase dry sherry that's sold with other fortified wines in your wine or liquor store.

Nutrition Facts

479 calories; total fat 14.3g 22% DV; saturated fat 4.5g; cholesterol 25mg 8% DV; sodium 1024mg 41% DV; potassium 635mg 18% DV; carbohydrates 66.3g 21% DV; fiber 8.6g 34% DV; sugar 9g; protein 18.7g 37% DV; exchange other carbs 5; vitamin a iu 1084IU; vitamin c 21mg; folate 144mcg; calcium 292mg; iron 3mg; magnesium 70mg; thiaminmg.

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Rating: 5 stars
Excellent recipe!! Followed Lynne advice though: hold the chickpeas! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Quick French Onion Soup If this is supposed to be a healthy recipe what is with the 60 some grams of carbs per serving and the high calorie count. I always look for healthy low fat low carbs and calorie dishes when I look through your site - I find a great recipe get all excited about this wonderful new dish and then find out it is high in everything I want low. Come on guys that is almost teasing!! I would recommend this recipe but I sure wouldn't eat it! Please don't do that any more!! Pros: Sounds wonderful - except for the garbanzo beans - which we love BUT NOT IN FRENCH ONION SOUP!! Read More