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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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Ingredients

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Directions

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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.

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  • 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.

Tips

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

1 1/2 cups
479 calories; protein 18.7g; carbohydrates 66.3g; dietary fiber 8.6g; sugars 9.4g; fat 14.3g; saturated fat 4.5g; cholesterol 24.8mg; vitamin a iu 1084.2IU; vitamin c 20.7mg; folate 143.6mcg; calcium 292.4mg; iron 3.2mg; magnesium 69.9mg; potassium 634.8mg; sodium 1023.7mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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

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