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CESNECKA: CZECH GARLIC SOUP

CESNECKA: CZECH GARLIC SOUP


Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6-12 cloves garlic, crushed (but not minced)
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced (optional)
  • 6 cups vegetable or chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • 2 medium sized potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 handful fresh parsley, chopped for garnish
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese for garnish (optional, but recommended)

Croutons (optional, but highly recommended)

  • 1 baguette, cut into 1/2 - 1 inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
How to Make

Stage 1 - Combine Garlic Soup Ingredients

  1. In a large stockpot, melt your butter over medium-high heat
  2. Next, add your garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes as it becomes fragrant
  3. Add your onion, caraway seeds, pepper and salt then sauté for another 1 minute
  4. As the onion starts to sweat and become translucent, begin adding in your vegetable stock into the pot
  5. With your stock added, bring everything to a boil
  6. Once boiling, add in your potatoes and reduce the heat to medium. Here you’ll let the potatoes simmer for 15-20 minutes as the potatoes cook through and start to “flake” off a bit which will thicken the cesnecka

Stage 2 - Tend to Croutons and other Garnishes while Cesnecka Cooks

  1. While the garlic soup is simmering together, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Take your cubed baguette pieces into a mixing bowl, and toss in your olive oil along with your spices (garlic powder, pepper, oregano, sea salt)
  3. Once well tossed, lay your croutons onto a flat baking dish and place into the oven for at least 10 minutes or until golden brown
  4. During the 10 minutes the croutons are baking, grate your cheese and chop your parsley in anticipation of serving
  5. By this point, your croutons are done and the cesnecka is just about ready. Take the croutons out of the oven and your garlic soup off the heat.
To serve, add some croutons, grated cheese and chopped parsley over your soup, and enjoy!

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