[Sca-cooks] Date for Spanish Garlic Soup?

Christiane christianetrue at earthlink.net
Thu Feb 19 08:15:26 PST 2009

There's a traditional Provencal recipe called "aigo bouido" that I found; it's also popular in Italy:

17-20 cloves garlic
2 cloves
1 fresh sage leaf
generous pinch fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
5 sprigs parsley
3 egg yolks
4 tbsp olive oil
3 oz (60 g) grated Parmesan cheese
3 oz (60 g) grated Gruyere or Emmenthal cheese
salt and pepper

1. Separate the garlic cloves, detaching them from the base; do not peel them. Blanch them for 30 seconds in a saucepan of fast boiling unsalted water; drain, refresh under running cold water and peel. 

2. Put them in a large saucepan with 2 1/2 pints (1.4 litres) water, a large pinch of salt and some freshly ground pepper, the cloves, sage leaf, thyme, bay leaf and parsley sprigs. 

3. Bring to the boil then simmer for 30 minutes; put through the vegetable mill with a fine-gauge sieving disc fitted; return this soup to the saucepan, add a little more salt if needed, heat to boiling point, and then turn off the heat. 

4. Beat the egg yolks in a bowl until they are smooth and creamy; continue beating as you gradually add the olive oil a little at a time. Gradually beat in about 4 fl oz (120 ml) of the hot soup, then reverse the procedure and gradually beat the contents of the bowl into the saucepan containing the hot soup. 

5. Make sure the liquid in the pan is no longer near boiling point. Serve with the mixed grated cheeses.

There was also a simpler one at About.com:

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes


3-4 cloves of garlic, crushed
2-3 leaves of sage
A egg yolk
Several slices of toasted day-old bread
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more at table
Salt & pepper to taste

Set a quart (1 liter) of water to boil with the garlic, sage, olive oil, and a pinch of salt. Let the mixture simmer for about 15 minutes. When the time's up, whisk the egg yolk in a soup tureen, fish out and discard the leaves of sage and the garlic, and stir the soup into the pot. Divvy the hot broth into bowls. Drizzle the slices of toasted bread with olive oil, lay them over the soup, and it's ready. 

Yield: 4 servings of garlic soup.

The name literally means, "Boiled water." Here's some interesting discussion on garlic soup, alluding to a version in ix-en-Provence that has orange peel, fennel, and cloves:


The addition of the orange peel, fennel, and cloves is interesting, elevating a peasant dish a little higher. But I haven't found a recipe for it yet ...


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