Italian Onion Soup

This terrific, nourishing soup is a filling weeknight supper. Use any combination of onions you like, making it great all year long: yellow onions, red onions, leeks, shallots, cipolline, even green onions. And when it is cold outside, caramelize the onions longer for deeper flavor.

Yield

4 servings

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
8 cups thinly sliced onions
1/4 teaspoon gray salt or sea salt
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage leaves
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 (32 ounce) carton beef broth
4 (3/4 inch thick) slices Italian country bread
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

In 12- to 14-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic; cook and stir until garlic begins to brown. Stir in onions and salt. Cook about 7 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Cook about 10 minutes longer, stirring occasionally, until onions are golden brown.

Stir in sage and vinegar. Cook 2 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until liquid has evaporated. Stir in broth. Simmer over medium heat 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, set oven control to broil. Sprinkle bread with cheese; place on baking sheet. Broil with tops 4 to 6 inches from heat until cheese is melted (watch carefully). Place 1 slice of bread on each serving of soup.

Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 349, Total Fat: 12.8 g, Cholesterol: 18 mg, Sodium: 1317 mg, Total Carbs: 44.9 g, Dietary Fiber: 4.1 g, Protein: 13.8 g

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