Recipe by Chef John
"Sopa de Ajo is a wonderfully rustic bread soup spiked with sliced garlic, paprika, and ham. If that wasn't enough to get your attention, it's also topped with eggs poached in a fragrant, brick-red broth. It's like a steaming bowl of breakfast-for-dinner."
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cubed French bread
extra-virgin olive oil
extra virgin olive oil
garlic, very thinly sliced, or more to taste
paprika, or more to taste
chicken broth, or more as needed
cayenne pepper, or to taste
salt and ground black pepper to taste
chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
As a native Spaniard, (from Madrid), I give this recipe a 4 because is a pretty close one to be authentic. We do NOT use ham or cayenne. There is a misconception about Spanish food, we do not have that many spicy dishes at all, far from Mexican food, where they like it hot. A variation is to cut the bread in cubes instead of leaving it whole, and to stir in the egg beaten, like you do with Chinese egg drop soup.
What a great recipe! I liked to use a little less paprika not to overpower the garlic flavour. The garlic flavour is subtle, kind of like onions in a French onion soup. This brought me right back to this Spanish restaurant I went with my family a long time ago. I'm happy to have found this little gem, it really brings me back. Thanks Chef John! Love all your recipes, you have great taste.
Fantastic soup, easy, quick and cheap! I tried it also with just regular slices of bread: it is not the same of course, but still very tasty!! We also substituted paprika with smoked paprika and it was great!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Chef John's Spanish Garlic Soup (Sopa de Ajo)
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 241
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