Garlic is one of the most powerful natural weapons God let at our disposal to protect ourselves from various diseases and to bolster our immunity.
The focal therapeutic action garlic embodies is its anti-infection property. Garlic consumption aids both at preventing and treating infectious diseases, especially those of the respiratory system such as flu, epidemics, diarrhea, dysentery, diphtheria, lung diseases, chronic bronchitis, tuberculosis, asthma and pulmonary emphysema.
Thanks to its ability to decrease blood pressure and cholesterol, garlic is also recommended for those suffering from cardiovascular diseases.
Moreover, as a result of its anti-coagulant effects, garlic consumption can prevent tachycardia, myocardial stroke, angina attacks and vascular cerebral strokes.
Garlic Soup – Recipe
Even though the most effective results are obtained by eating raw garlic, not everyone tolerates it. Boiled garlic is less irritating for the sensitive stomach and better tolerated by those suffering from gastric infections. Garlic soup, thickened with bread, is a traditional recipe from southern France. The bread absorbs the liquid, making the soup creamier and smoother.
- 1.5 liters water or vegetables/chicken soup
- 15 cloves of garlic
- 1 large onion
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 6 slices of bread
- Place the oil in a bain-marie pan. As it gets hotter, add the finely chopped onion and stir. Peel off the cloves of garlic and chop if finely. Add it to the mixture and keep stirring. Leave it for appreciatively one minute. Add the salt and pepper and take it off the stove.
- Pour the water or the soup in a pan and add the mixture of oil, onion and garlic to it. Stir and let it boil after having covered the pan.
- Slice the bread into tiny cubes. Add them to the soup and stir. Let it boil until the bread is completely soaked in.
- Next, blend the soup using a blender until you obtain a creamy, fine composition. Add salt and pepper according to your taste.
Serve this garlic soup either hot or cold, and add some fresh parsley to it before eating it. You may add some heavy cream too – it will grant your soup a thicker texture and a great flavor.
A simpler alternative to the recipe is to boil the wished amount of water seasoned with salt and pepper in a pan. If the amount of soup is for a single person, then add five cloves of garlic. If it’s for two persons, then add 10 cloves of garlic.
Leave it simmer on low heat, until the garlic is completely softened. Remove the cloves of garlic and smash them using a fork. Add the resulted paste to the soup and serve it with bread croutons.