Garlicky Bread Soup
This is the best soup in the world on a rainy day, and we've heard that it's excellent for a hangover. Its delicious flavor comes from the garlic that, when combined with bread, cheese, olive oil, cream, and red pepper, transforms this dish into a slightly exotic comfort food.. The garlic should be very fresh, don't use any bulbs that have a green sprout. You can add some zip by increasing the amount of red pepper.
This recipe is adapted from one by Emeril Lagasse.
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. When the oil becomes hot, add the onions, garlic, bay leaf, and crushed red pepper. Season with salt.
Sauté until caramelized, which should take about nine minutes.
Stir in the chicken stock and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and continue simmering gently for about 40 minutes.
Increase the heat and whisk in the bread and cream, whisking vigorously until the bread has dissolved. This should take about 10 minutes.
Using a hand-held blender, puree the soup until smooth, then whisk in the Parmesan.
Season with salt and pepper and ladle into bowls. Garnish with the snipped fresh parsley.