Garlic SoupEstimated Cost:  $4.00

Prep  Time:  10 minutes

Cooking Time:  20 minutes

Serves:  8

With a longer cooking time, garlic loses its sharpness and mellows.  Garlic Soup, thickened slightly with egg, makes a wonderful first course before a hearty main dish. 

3 cloves garlic, crushed (how to)
2 Tbs. vegetable oil
1 cup French bread, torn into pieces
4 cups chicken broth
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 egg, slightly beaten

1. Cook and stir garlic in oil in 3-quart saucepan until brown. Stir in bread, cook and stir until bread is light brown. Stir in broth, salt, and pepper. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 20 minutes.

2. In a large bowl, slightly beat egg. Stir half of the hot mixture gradually into egg. Stir egg and soup mixture back into the remaining hot mixture in saucepan. Boil and stir 1 minute. Sprinkle with snipped parsley if desired.

Mike’s comments:

Whenever I serve a southwestern influenced meal I begin the course with a bowl of this wonderful soup.