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Bistro-Style French Onion Soup

Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 10 mins
Yield Makes: 4 servings (Serving size: about 1 cup)

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup sliced red onion (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup sliced shallot (about 1/2 cup)
  • 4 cups (32 ounces) boxed onion or French onion soup
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cup slices baguette, toasted
  • 1 ounce grated Gruyere cheese

Nutrition Information

  • calories 100
  • fat 3 g
  • satfat 1.5 g
  • monofat 1.5 g
  • polyfat 0 g
  • cholesterol 8 mg
  • protein 4 g
  • carbohydrate 12 g
  • sugars 4 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 632 mg
  • calcium 109 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; sauté onion and shallot, stirring until translucent (about 4 minutes). Reduce heat to medium; continue to cook until golden (about 4 minutes).

  2. Preheat broiler to low. Place soup in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Stir in sautéed onion, thyme, vinegar, and black pepper; reduce heat to low. Cover and keep warm.

  3. Ladle soup into 4 broiler-safe bowls; top each with 1 piece of bread and 1/4 of cheese. Place under broiler for 3 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and golden. If you don't have broiler-safe bowls, use oven-safe bowls, and bake at 350° for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve immediately, being careful not to directly touch hot bowls.