Zuppa all’Aglio {Garlic Soup}


You probably have realized by now that I cook with A LOT of GARLIC! Yes, I do & I’m not ashamed of it! Have you seen my garlic bowl? It’s always on my counter and normally when someone comes to my house for the first time they truly think it’s artificial & there for decoration. NOPE, it’s real & I use it!


I thought with the nearing of Halloween & with all the vampire movies & tv shows that are thrust upon us right now, yes, the Twilight mania that has set in. I thought it would be the perfect time to whip up some of my Italian Garlic Soup! Zuppa all’Aglio (zoo-pa al a-lee-o) is simply Italian for Garlic Soup! The first time I had this I must admit I was a little hesitant myself (but this was for-evah ago before I realized my true love for garlic – LOL) BUT I’m so happy I did.


It’s more like a cream of Garlic soup if you will. It’s definitely chock full of garlic (there are 20 cloves after all) flavor but with the addition of the herbs it creates a whole ‘nother level of deliciousness. The addition of the seasoned bread is pure genius! If you’re a little timid about garlic go ahead and use smaller cloves. If you’re not a scaredy cat use some big fat beautiful cloves. I’m def in the “bring it on baby” camp! tee hee!


So go ahead, get your Cinnamon Altoids out & whip up a bowl of this creamy deliciousness! I dare ya! I would recommend though that you go for a CUP & not a bowl! Just sayin’.


What you’ll need:
20 cloves of garlic – peeled
4 large Sage leaves
Handful Fresh Basil
2 Cloves
50g of Grated Grana Padano Cheese
8 slices of homemade Bread
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 up heavy whipping cream

What to do:
Pour 8 1/2 cups of water into a soup pot. Add your peeled garlic, Sage, Basil & Cloves. Season well with s/p. Bring to a boil. Once water has begun to boil, cover with lid, lower the heat to low & cook for 20 minutes. Near the end of the 20 minutes cooking time, on a plate arrange your bread slices. Sprinkle grated cheese on top & drizzle with olive oil. Add the seasoned bread to pot. Pass mixture through a sieve ([amazonify]B0000VLPMQ::text::::here’s one I like[/amazonify]), pushing mixture through with a wooden spoon. If you don’t have a sieve, you can use a blender or food processor. SimplyΒ transfer the mixture to the food processor or blender (careful it’s hot) & pulse the mixture until it’s to the desired consistency. Note: you might have to do that in batches if your machine is small. Return mixture to pot. Add in butter & cream & stir together. Garnish with extra grated Grana cheese if desired. Serve hot or lukewarm.

Buon Appetito!

Goes great with:
Some warm toasted fresh bread!

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Pasta e’ Fagioli

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  1. 1
    Christy B /

    Awesome! My hubs LOVES garlic and this will definitely be on the “to try” list at our house.

    BTW, I’m totally NOT into Twilight but how cute would this be to serve at a themed party?

    As always … great recipes girl!


  2. 2
    Leslie /

    We love Love LOVE garlic so I’m looking forward to this. I have a couple of questions:

    How do you think it would work with whole wheat bread (I have flour, but for making bread I grind wheat berries)?

    Is there a cheese that I can use instead of the Grana Padano?

    Oh, and your sieve link is broken πŸ™ But I have a Foley mill and I expect it will do just fine.


    • 2.1

      Hi Leslie! You can substitute Parmigiano for the Grana Padano Cheese. You could def try it with the whole wheat bread. Let me know how it turns out. We heart garlic here too (obviously LOL). & Thanks for the heads up about the link (The PC Princess fixed it for me) mwah! I’m sure the mill will work beautifully. One of these days I’m going to have to pick up a foodmill. It’s on my ever growing list of kitchen gadgets that I MUST have tee hee!

  3. 3

    Well, I’ve never made garlic soup before but maybe it’s time. I love garlic and the vendors at my Farmer’s Market have some beautiful garlic right now. This soup sounds great.

    • 3.1

      Thanks so much Elaine! It’s got great flavor and it’s so creamy & delicious! Hope you love it!

  4. 4

    I am a garlic lover so this works well for me. Just as long as Mister and I have it together, I am sure he will be OK with my garlic breath!

    • 4.1

      Thanks Penny! That’s cute! Yes, it’s a VERY good idea to eat it together – tee hee πŸ™‚

  5. 5

    GARLIC!!! My love πŸ™‚

    • 5.1

      Ciao VeggieGirl! There’s just so much to love about it! Ah, the gah-licky possibilities are endless!

  6. 6

    Never heard of garlic soup before. Hope can try this out. Thanks for sharing~will stop by often πŸ™‚

    • 6.1

      Ciao Anncoo! I’m glad you’re going to give this a try! I can wait to make up some more soups for this fall!

  7. 7

    I need this soup to knock out my cold…it will be way better than this garlic tea I have been drinking! Cant wait! I will have while hubby is gone for two days….GARLIC!!! de-lish. Thanks!

  8. 8

    Yum! Your soup looks delicious… I love garlic!

    • 8.1

      Thanks a bunch Jen! It’s a great change of pace when you want some soup!

  9. 9

    First, congrats on your listing at Saveur!

    Second, we are huge garlic fans here, and this soup sounds wonderful. I’m adding it to the to be tried very soon pile, because our nights are just starting to get a wee bit chilly. Thanks for posting it, Paula!

    • 9.1

      Thanks so much Alyssa! I hope you guys love it. It is full of gahlicky goodness!

  10. 10

    oh yum…garlicky goodness!

  11. 11

    I can’t wait to try this. I too love garlic. So who created the bowl for your garlic? I have one very similar and what a great idea for keeping a bounty of garlic. One can never have too much garlic.

  12. 12

    ooh…it sounds amazing. I love garlic.

    • 12.1

      Thanks Wendy! I’m so excited to be making soups again! I do think I’m going to have to break down & get an immersion blender. Would certainly come in handy πŸ˜‰

  13. 13

    Your pictures are amazing! I can’t wait to browse through more of your recipes…thanks for helping create my meal plan for the week!!

    • 13.1

      Thanks so much! I do love taking the pictures & I’ve managed to even get it down to where I can get “the” shot before the food gets cold LOL well at least most of the time!

  14. 14

    LOVE your site! I am half Italian half French, so I also LOVE garlic and good Italian food.
    Awesome pictures! πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the recipes!

    • 14.1

      Thanks so much Marielle! Yes I think I have a garlic addiction LOL but it’s just SO good!

  15. 15

    I’m a total garlic hound and this soup is right up my alley!!! I keep large amounts of garlic in my kitchen too. mmmmm. I think I’m going to have to make this soup the first cold weekend we have.

    • 15.1

      Thanks Danielle! I love that, Garlic Hound! Well here’s to hoping it cools off quickly so you can give it a go πŸ™‚

  16. 16

    looks great

    • 16.1

      Thanks so much! It’s quite a flavorful unique addition to your soup line up πŸ™‚

  17. 17

    Wow, I love garlic, so seeing a garlic soup makes me want to dunk my face into that bowl! As always, your recipes make me run straight for the kitchen. πŸ™‚

    • 17.1

      Ah, thanks so much Julia! That’s one of the best compliments you could give!

  18. 18
    Beth /

    This recipe is kind of confusing… the bread, garlic, etc. doesn’t go through the sieve as the holes are too small. Should I be using a blender instead to puree the whole thing? The picture looks great, and it sounds wonderful, but right now I have a big bowl of garlic flavored water on my hands.

    • 18.1

      Hi Beth! Sorry about that. I pushed mine through the sieve by using a large wooden spoon. If the sieve isn’t working well or is taking too long, a blender or food processor would do the job just as well πŸ™‚ Hope that helps.

  19. 19

    was wondering something… I yield an immersion blender like there’s no tomorrow, but I am nervous about doing that once the bread, cheese and oil is in the pot…
    what thinks you of this idea:
    as the soup cooks, toast the bread with cheese and olive oil atop it. Use the immersion blender on the pot full of garlic and herbs, and then ladle that out into flat bowls, crowning each with the bread.
    too francese?

    • 19.1

      Ciao Brian! I HAVE to get an immersion blender. Would make my life in the kitchen easier LOL. I really don’t think you’d have any problems with the immersion blender because the bread is quickly soaked in the soup mixture. BUT I think your idea sounds wonderful! The toasted bread sounds fab! Let me know how it turns out! Great suggestions!

  20. 20

    Looks fabulous! I will definitely put this site on my favorites. I am always looking for recpes that are unusual and tasty. Io anche parlo un piccolo d’italiano! Grazie!

  21. 21

    From one garlic-lover to another – how can you go wrong with copious amounts of garlic? (A: You can’t!)


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