French Garlic Soup

Recipe by Julesong
READY IN: 30mins




  • Remove all the cloves of garlic from the head.
  • Take a smallish saucepan and heat to boiling a cup of water; add the cloves of garlic and simmer for about 1 minute - drain, peel the garlic (which should be slightly softened and should peel easily) and cut each clove in half.
  • Add garlic cloves to beef broth in saucepan; cover and simmer 10 minutes, or until garlic is soft.
  • Remove half of the garlic cloves and reserve.
  • To the saucepan add the chicken broth, water, wine, half and half, thyme (crush it with your fingers before adding), and cayenne to broth and heat to a low simmer for 5 minutes.
  • With an immersion blender or in a regular blender, puree the soup; season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper, set aside, and keep warm.
  • Toast bread on one side under broiler; remove and spread un-toasted sides with butter.
  • Mash the reserved half of garlic cloves and spread over the un-toasted and buttered sides of bread; sprinkle with shredded Gruyere cheese.
  • Broil toast until brown and bubbly, about 30 seconds (careful, they can burn easily).
  • Place a piece of toast in each of the four soup bowls; ladle hot soup over and serve.