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, about 8-9 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. 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.