Saturday, October 20, 2007

Garlic Soup

If there was one "staple" dish that I start making in the fall when the cold weather arrives, it is this one. This recipe originates in Spain and it is considered "peasant food" meaning it is rustic and usually served only in rural areas. This dish is so simple to make and all that is needed to go with it is some bread, cheese and wine. From start to finish, I can make this dish in fifteen minutes.


20 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup good olive oil (extra virgin, imported)
1 tbsp paprika (sweet or smoked but not hot)
Pinch of saffron
1 14 oz. can tomatoes or 1 1/2 cup chopped fresh
6 cups chicken stock
2 eggs, beaten
Stale bread


1. Place garlic and oil in a large saucepan and cook over medium heat for 2 minutes but do not brown the garlic - browning the garlic will make for a bitter soup.

2. Add paprika and saffron and cook for another 2 minutes. The mixture may stick to the saucepan.

3. Add tomatoes and cook for another 2 minutes.

4. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil.

5. When soup is boiling, reduce heat, stir in eggs and return to simmer.


Place a piece of stale bread in each bowl and ladle soup into bowl.


Amy said...

Thomas, this looks potent and delicious! I've had 40-clove garlic chicken, but never soup so garlicky. I'm going to bookmark this, thanks.

Dining Alone said...

This looks so so good!

Genealogy Blogger said...

I made this yesterday and it is fantastic! Thank you Thomas!!


hummer said...

This looks great. I am in the hospital sitting with my sick grandson. When we go home I will have to make some for him...; )

Donna Jane said...

Looks really great on a snow day here in San Antonio!

Caroline Gurney said...

I'm going to try this in my Cuisinart Soup Maker.

mama schnitz said...

Hi Thomas. The soup looks delicious and I hope to try it this week. If nothing else, it will keep away the vampires. Happy Halloween!

Lori E said...

You had me until the eggs lol but i can leave those out.
We go through garlic by the pound in our house. We all love it.