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Garlic Soup (Sopa de Ajo)

4 Servings

45 minutes

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José Andrés taught us this “end of month” recipe—the sort of meal to make quickly with whatever is on hand and money is tight. His approach: garlic cooked in copious amounts of olive oil with handfuls of thinly sliced stale bread and several tablespoons of smoked paprika. Add some water and simmer, then off heat stir in four or five whisked eggs. Supper is served. For our version, we realized the leftover bread, garlic and smoked paprika we had in our cupboards weren't up to Andrés’ standards. So we needed to tweak. We boosted flavor by using chicken bouillon (an easy pantry flavor booster) instead of plain water, and we sautéed both sweet and smoked paprika with garlic and scallions. We actually didn't have stale bread, so we turned a loaf of rustic sourdough (a baguette or any crusty loaf will do) into delicious croutons. To serve, the soup and croutons are married in the serving bowls, allowing each person to adjust the ratio of soup to bread, as well as how long they soak.




Don't skip tempering the egg yolks with some of the hot broth before adding to the soup. This prevents them from curdling in the hot broth.

45 minutes


  • 6

    scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced, whites and greens separated

  • 6

    garlic cloves, thinly sliced


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Mark M.
May 5, 2023
Absolutely LOVE this dish. Perfection. Making it tomorrow for the 5th time
Thomas M.

I would encourage Milk Street to take another look at this recipe. I used the Knorr bouillon as recommended. It is very salty; if you do not have fresh broth I would use store low sodium broth and I will do that next time. The paprikas add a great flavor but it is too strong: you cannot detect any garlic flavor let alone scallions. I do like how the eggs are added and the bread cubes in the skillet. That makes it easier that the traditional recipe I had been using for years. I did not bother with whisking and instead used an immersion blender at the end before eggs are added. Nice smooth consistency that way.

Dan C.

I made this for the third time yesterday and again it was a winner. My friends and I liked the strong blended flavors. This soup benefits from being made the day before serving. I added the sherry vinegar just before serving. I baked the croutons in the oven since there is less chance for burning than using the stove top.