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Fast French Onion Soup

Soup's On: Easy French Onion Soup

My new favorite weeknight meal is a soup recipe that comes together in minutes. It's a very abbreviated version of French onion soup, which traditionally begins with yellow onions, cooked down and reduced for hours until dark and sweet. This quick and dirty version begins with our butter-braised onions, which I always keep on hand, and calls for little more than broth, bread, and cheese. It may not be an exact replica, but this fast soup hits the spot on a cold Winter day, and it's an easily transportable work lunch, too. Read on for the recipe.

Easiest French Onion Soup

Easiest French Onion Soup

Fast French Onion Soup Recipe


5 1/2 cups low-sodium beef broth
1 cup caramelized onions or butter-braised onions
Coarse salt and ground pepper
Thick-sliced country bread (for topping)
Grated Gruyere cheese (for topping)


  1. Heat broiler. Bring low-sodium beef broth and caramelized onions to a simmer over medium; season with coarse salt and ground pepper. Top thick-sliced country bread with grated Gruyère cheese and season with pepper; broil until toasted. Serve soup with cheese toasts.

Serves 4.

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Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 4 years
SamFinch: Sorry, this was a mistake on our part — it should no longer appear on the vegetarian page. Thanks! ilanac13: noted! I'll have to do a little further digging, but from what I've heard, mushroom stock makes an excellent base for vegetarian French onion soup.
SamFinch SamFinch 4 years
Miso can makes a better tasting soup base in French Onion soup than veggie stock does. Why is this recipe even on the vegetarian page anyway? It has BEEF stock in it!
ilanac13 ilanac13 4 years
i used to LOVE french onion soup but it's always made with beef stock and i need the vegetarian version. please someone give me a good suggestion that doesn't use just a bland veggie stock!
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