Three Onion Alphabet Soup

Sweet spring onions, leeks, and Vidalias pair beautifully with lemon and basil in this clear broth alphabet soup. It would be perfect for a weeknight warm-up.

three onion alphabet soup
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Total Time:
45 mins


  • ¼ cup butter

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 medium Vidalia onion, thinly sliced (1 cup)

  • 1 large leek, white part thinly sliced (1/2 cup)

  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced (1/2 cup)

  • 2 cup fresh or frozen shelled peas

  • 4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 4 cup water

  • 1 cup small dried pasta (alphabet-shaped or acini di pepe)

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 lemon, juiced (3 tablespoons)

  • 1 cup torn basil leaves

  • 8 slices sourdough bread

  • 3 ounce fontina cheese, shredded

  • Lemon Sour Cream Topper*


  1. Preheat broiler. In a 4-quart Dutch oven heat butter and olive oil over medium-low heat until butter is melted. Add Vidalia onion slices; stir until coated. Cover; cook 15 minutes until translucent and soft, stirring occasionally. Stir in leek and green onions. Cook, covered, 10 minutes more or until leeks are softened. Stir in peas. Add chicken broth, water, pasta, and salt. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered 5 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and basil leaves.

  2. Top slices of sourdough bread with fontina cheese. Arrange on a baking sheet. Broil 3 to 4 inches from the heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Top soup with bread slices. Serve with Lemon Sour Cream Topper.

*Lemon Sour Cream Topper

In a small bowl stir together 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup chives, 1/2 tsp. shredded lemon peel, 1 Tbsp. juice, and a dash of garlic powder. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

352 Calories
19g Fat
34g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 352
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 715mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 23.3mg 117%
Calcium 134mg 10%
Iron 2.6mg 14%
Potassium 322mg 7%
Folate, total 120.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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