My kids love French onion soup, without the onion! They like broth and only the broth with the cheese covered crouton. UGH. I combined the best part of 2 recipes to come up with this one. The longer you simmer the soup, the more intense the flavor. You can make it ahead, turn off the heat and allow it to sit on the stove top until ready to assemble and put in the oven. For the picky kids, I make noodles and ladle the broth over the noodles. Everyone is happy!