Garlicky Bread Soup

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.

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cups chopped onion
¼ cup finely chopped garlic
1 bay leaf, crumbled
One pinch of crushed red pepper
Sea salt to taste
2 quarts chicken stock
2 cups diced day old French bread
½ cup heavy cream
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley leaves


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.



Products suggested for this recipe:

Earthy Delights

2871 Jolly Road

Okemos MI 48864

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