French Onion Soup for Two
A soup built on slow-caramelized onions in less than an hour? We cracked the code.
Why This Recipe Works
To make a French onion soup full of slowly caramelized onion flavor that doesn’t require hours of attention at the stove, we turn to the microwave for a jump start. Microwaving the onions for just 10 minutes is the key to softening them and drawing out moisture so they will caramelize more quickly on the stovetop. Deglazing the pot with a few tablespoons of water helps reduce hot spots and even out browning. Chicken broth enhanced with dry sherry and thyme adds savory depth to the soup without cloaking the onions’ earthy sweetness. As for the cheesy crouton, we first toast baguette slices before topping them with Gruyère and broiling them to a bubbly finish—all while the soup simmers.
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