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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sopa de Ajo {Garlic Soup}

If you drop by my place with any regularity, you know that to me, any season is soup season.  Buuuuuuut, I know not everybody feels that way.  Fortunately, the chill is creeping into the air, beckoning most of us; making us yearn for a big pot of comfort bubbling away on the stove.  Or perhaps the slow cookers have started to make appearances on counter tops; claiming residence for the season.  Another thing I love that plays a starring role when the weather starts to change is garlic.  Really, I'm a garlic anytime kinda girl, but warm, concentrated garlicky soups and broths help me feel healthy and chase away little colds this time of year.  Plus, they're just plain delicious.  In my opinion, there is no such thing as too many varieties of Garlic Soup or Sopa de Ajo floating around out there.  this version is definitely a keeper.
Sopa de Ajo
{Garlic Soup}
serves 4-6

¼ c. olive oil
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
4 large heads garlic, cloves separated & peeled
6 c. chicken stock/broth
juice of 1 lemon
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 ripe avocado, diced
~4 oz feta cheese or queso fresco, crumbled
1 ripe, yet firm tomato, diced
handful of cilantro, picked
few scallions, sliced thinly
Place oil, onion, and garlic in a slow cooker.  Cover and cook on LOW for ~6 hours or until garlic is golden and tender.

Add chicken stock and cook for another 2 hours.  Purée the soup using an immersion blender (or if you don't have one, carefully do it in the blender, then return to pot).  Stir in the lemon juice, then season to taste with salt and pepper.

To serve, divide the avocado, cheese, and tomato amongst serving bowls.  Ladle the hot broth over the ingredients and top each bowl with a sprinkling of cilantro and scallions.

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  1. I'm first? I love soup any time of the year and this is one fabulous soup! How we love garlic and I have never made a garlic broth or soup. I love the toppings, too, which really make it a meal.

  2. I adore garlicky soups too!With the cooler weather this week I am ready!

  3. Mmmm...garlic, you can never have enough and it is so good for you. This sounds fantastic!!

  4. Heather, this looks absolutly delicious. I've seen a couple recipe for this, but this one might just be perfect. Gotta make this one soon!

  5. You know this struck at my soup loving heart. When the weather is done with 88 degree days (next week), the crockpot comes out!This is grand - love that it gets its creaminess form cheese and avocado and not cream.

  6. Nunca he hecho sopa de ajo, le tengo miedito!! jajaja pero dicen que es deliciosa y no queda mal sabor!! lo intentaré después!
    Saludos :D

  7. This is a must try soup; I know my man would love it.

  8. I love soup, especially when it starts to get cold. This soup looks amazing, can't wait to try it!

  9. That should be delicious flavor in soup..

  10. I heart garlic in all my dishes too!! And no doubt this soup is totally comforting & hearty!! Feel like grabbing that bowl :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  11. Killer soup! Garlic is one of the top five spices/herbs for this girl! Putting it in a soup is genius! When my daughter was doing her 'tear abroad' in college, she told me about a garlic soup that the folks in Cordoba made ... she swore it was the best soup she'd ever had ... her version had bread and paprika in it with as well as a beaten egg ... strange, but good!

  12. Looks like another winner. I have saved it and can't wait to make it!

    Cook Lisa Cook

  13. I always crave hot & sour soup when I feel a cold coming on but I definitely want to try this. I love garlic so I'm sure I'll love this soup.

  14. I love soup, almost all kinds (well I'm a veg. so without meat) and this soup is sooooo interesting.
    Garlic, avocado and tomatoes - wow!
    Must try that

  15. In my opinion, once can never have too many garlicky recipe in their repertoire. This sounds delicious!

  16. WOw wat a flavourful soup,looks comforting..

  17. I'm not into soup but this one intrigued me because I'm an avocado lover all the way. Must try.

  18. oh, i love garlic...and I love avocados; so this looks like something that i'd love, too!

    thanks so much for sharing this comforting soup over at Food Friday, Heather
    enjoy the weekend ahead!

  19. I've always wanted to make garlic soup, but never have. Great idea to put the garlic & onion in a slow cooker!

  20. love garlic soup. I love soup all year round (fideo soup for lunch today),lol

  21. I use garlic in most dishes I cook (when I cook), but I have yet to try it in a soup recipe. This does sound nice for the fall. I will have to give it a try.

  22. Definitely a keeper - not to mention ridiculously good for you!

  23. I bet your house smelled amazing while this was cooking! I don't have a crockpot, but I'm going to try to make this on the stove top. :)

    I ♥ a year long soup season! :)

  24. Hi Heather,
    I am with you, any day is a good soup day. Your Sopa de Ajo looks so delicious and very comforting. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  25. Although I chose another soup for my review I have this one tagged to make--it was one of the ones in the book that stood out to me. It looks gorgeous and perfect for whatever may be ailing you. ;-) Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays.

  26. There is so much to love in this one. Like you, I adore garlicky soups. One of my favorites is the style that uses toasted bread too.