Sopa de Ajo (Spanish Garlic Soup)

Nothing beats a warm bowl of soup during a cold winter night, this spicy Spanish dish is invented by shepherds to keep them up at night and is also one of my favorite dishes to cure a bad hangover. It is super easy to make and only require very few ingredients.

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You need:

  • 1 loaf day-old French or Italian loaf Bread(usually a fresh loaf is about 1 lb)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 5 slices ham(or any cured meat you like)
  • 3 tsp hot paprika
  • 6 cup chicken broth
  • 4 eggs

How to make this:

  1. Cut the bread into 2-inch cubes, toss them with some olive oil, then toast them in a 175C or 350F degree oven for about 15 min or until most of the moisture evaporates
  2. Thinly slice the garlic, then fry them in a pot or deep saute pan over medium heat with 1/4 cup of olive oil until they turn golden, then carefully mix in the paprika and ham
  3. Put the bread cubes into the pot, then fold it until they are covered with oil
  4. Then pour in the heated chicken stock, boil it before pouring in so that the bread can still have a chewy texture when the dish is finished, taste and add salt if needed
  5. Carefully place the egg on top of the soup, you can crack it in a small bowl or mug, then gently place it on top of the soup
  6. Cover it and cook for 3 to 5 min, or until the egg are barely cooked
  7. Sever it with some chopped parsley
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