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Garlicky Bread Soup

Garlicky Bread Soup

More people I know have succumbed to colds and flus this March than in the middle of winter. That’s where a bowl of this soothing, restorative soup can come in handy: garlic is a known immune-booster, and this recipe, based on soups beloved by wise peasants in the Mediterranean, delivers health-promoting nourishment with
every luscious bite. It’s also inexpensive and simple to make.

Even if you’re feeling in top form, Garlicky Bread Soup is a tasty and beneficial way to keep the winds of March at bay. Here is the recipe:


2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups chopped onions
16 garlic cloves, finely minced
2 quarts water
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and diced
2 carrots, peeled and sliced thinly into rounds
1/2 cup sherry
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
4 thick slices of good-quality bread
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large soup pot. Add onions and saute, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes, until softened. Add garlic and saute 5 minutes more.

2. Add water and herbs, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer soup for 15 minutes. Add potatoes and carrots and simmer for another 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Add sherry and continue to simmer an additional 5 minutes.

3. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Place a bread slice in the bottom of each soup bowl, ladle the soup over the bread, and serve hot, garnished with the cheese, if desired.

Serves 4.

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By Cait Johnson, author of Witch in the Kitchen (Inner Traditions, 2001).

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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1:16PM PDT on May 9, 2013

This sounds yummy! Thanks!

1:24AM PDT on May 6, 2013

Sounds Yummy for de tummy to moi...

10:51AM PDT on May 5, 2013


10:47PM PDT on May 4, 2013

15 Minutes to cook we can do that! Thank You

12:09PM PDT on May 4, 2013

Mmmmm thanks!!

3:31AM PST on Jan 20, 2013

What are russet potatoes?

8:20PM PDT on Jul 27, 2012


5:18PM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

1:53AM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

Thank you

1:04AM PDT on Jun 19, 2010

sounds good thanks

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