Sopa de Ajo (Garlic Soup)

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Serves 6

  • 2 generous tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup cubed, stale bread, crusts removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 3 eggs, beaten well
  1. Boil your water with the bay leaves and 2 teaspoons salt. Once it boils, keep it at a simmer.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a pot over low/medium-low heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant but not brown, about 5 minutes. Add bread cubes. Cook, stirring frequently so the garlic doesn't burn, 2 to 3 more minutes. Add the paprika and stir to coat everything.
  3. Add boiling water; do not remove bay leaves. Simmer for 20 minutes. Taste the broth, and add salt as needed. Remove bay leaves.
  4. Stir the soup pot in wide circles, and slowly stream the beaten eggs into the pot. You want them to turn into wisps and ribbons, not clumps, so keep stirring for a few extra seconds, after everything is added. Serve immediately.

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