Česnečka (Czech Garlic Soup)
According to Czech lore, Česnečka will cure just about anything, even the common cold. So if you’re feeling a bit under the weather, make a big pot of this simple soup of broth, potatoes, garlic and cheese to help you feel better. It may not be a cure but it certainly tastes rich and comforting (and keeps the vampires away!)
- 3 thick slices rye bread, cut into large chunks
- 1 T olive oil
- 2 T butter
- 1 C yellow onion, diced
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 8 C low sodium chicken or beef broth
- 2 lg potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper to taste
- 4 zo Emmentaler or Swiss cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 2 T dill, chopped
- 2 T flat leaf parsley, chopped
Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C). Place bread pieces on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, tossing to combine. Bake until deep golden brown, about 9 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Place butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until translucent and softened, about 3 minutes. Add broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Add potatoes, salt and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Place croutons and cheese cubes in soup bowls. Ladle soup on top. Sprinkle with dill and parsley and serve.
- Makes 4 servings.