This is a simple version of the light and lovely soup known as Česnečka that I fell in love with in the Czech Republic. For a heartier but still traditional version, include a diced potato during the simmer step.
Traditional Czech Garlic Soup Recipe
For the croutons
• 1 slice hearty, whole-grain bread, cut into small cubes
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1⁄2 teaspoon dried marjoram or oregano
• 1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
• 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
For the soup
• 1⁄2 medium onion, diced
• 1 tablespoon butter
• 4 cloves garlic, minced
• 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
• 1 medium potato, diced into small pieces (optional)
For the garnish
• 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
• 1 clove raw garlic, minced (optional)
1. To make croutons, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with bread cubes in a single layer. Drizzle evenly with olive oil. Sprinkle with herbs, salt and pepper. Toss to mix well. Bake about 15 minutes, tossing once or twice, until golden brown.
2. In a saucepan over medium heat, sauté onion in butter until soft, about 10 minutes. Add 4 cloves garlic, and sauté 2 to 3 minutes more. Stir in broth and heat to a low boil. Add optional potato, and simmer until soft.
3. Divide soup into 2 bowls. Sprinkle each bowl with croutons, parsley and raw garlic, if using. Serve hot. Serves 2.
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