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.
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)
- 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.
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