Spanish Garlic Soup (Sopa de Ajo)
Spanish Garlic Soup (Sopa de Ajo)

Spanish Garlic Soup (Sopa de Ajo)


August 23, 2016

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"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."

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • 15 mins

    30 mins

    45 mins

  • Yields: 4


6 cups cubed French bread

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

6 cloves garlic, very thinly sliced, or more to taste

2 ounces ham, diced

1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika, or to taste

6 cups chicken broth, or more as needed

1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

salt and ground black pepper to taste

1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

4 large eggs


1Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

2Spread French bread onto the prepared baking sheet and drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil over the top; gently stir to coat bread.

3Bake in the preheated oven until crispy and lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes.

4Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a heavy pot over medium heat. Cook and stir garlic in hot oil until just golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Add ham; cook and stir until heated through, about 1 minute. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of paprika and cook for 1 minute more. Pour bread into pot and toss to coat with hot oil mixture.

5Pour chicken broth into bread mixture; add cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper and stir. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and stir in parsley.

6Crack each egg into a small bowl or cup. Make 4 depressions in the bread on top of the soup with a spoon. Slowly pour an egg into each depression. Cover the pot with a lid and cook until egg whites are firm and yolks are thick but not hard, 2 to 3 minutes. Ladle soup into bowls and spoon an egg on top.