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Česnečka

According to Czech lore, Česnečka (garlic soup) will cure just about anything, even the common cold. It certainly tastes rich and comforting. So, if you feel under the weather, make a big pot of this simple soup of broth, potatoes, garlic and cheese to help you feel better.

Ingredients

  • 4 thick slices rye bread, cut into large pieces
  • 1 T (15 ml) olive oil
  • 2 T (29 g) butter
  • 1 C (151 g) yellow onion, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 C (1893 ml) low sodium chicken or beef broth
  • 2 lg potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • ½ tsp (2.5 g) salt
  • ¼ tsp (0.6 g) pepper
  • 4 oz Emmental or Swiss cheese, cut into ½-in cubes

Garnish

  • 2 T (2 g) dill, chopped
  • 2 T (5 g) flat leaf parsley, chopped

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C). Place bread pieces on a baking sheet; drizzle with olive oil, tossing to coat. Bake until deep golden brown, about 9 minutes. Set aside. Place butter in a medium pan over medium heat; add onions and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until translucent and softened, about 3 minutes; add broth; bring to a boil over high heat. Add potatoes, salt and pepper; reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. To serve, place croutons and cheese cubes in individual soup bowls and ladle soup on top; garnish with dill and parsley.

  • Prep time: 5 minutes.
  • Cook time: 32 minutes.
  • Makes 4 servings.