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White Garlic Soup Recipe - Sopa de Ajo Blanco

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Sopa de Ajo Blanco - White Garlic Soup

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Lisa Sierra
Everyone has heard about the traditional red gazpacho soup, and many have tasted it. However, this recipe for cold white garlic soup or sopa de ajo blanco is just as tasty and refreshing. In fact, garlic lovers would probably vote for this soup hands down. It is easy, quick and healthy. We’ve never met a dinner guest who didn’t ask for seconds, so be sure to make a large batch.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 4 oz (1/2 cup) blanched, peeled almonds*
  • 3-4 slices stale baguette or white bread
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 4 cups (32 oz) water
  • 5 Tbsp extra virgin Spanish olive oil
  • 3-4 Tbsp Spanish sherry vinegar
  • 16-20 seedless green grapes (optional)
  • salt to taste


This white garlic soup recipe makes 4 servings.

* If you do not have time to blanch and peel the almonds, use a package of slivered almonds.

Blanch and peel almonds. Dry thoroughly with paper towel and set aside. For simple instructions on blanching and peeling almonds, read About.com Greek Food Guide’s instructions How to Make Blanched Almonds.

Peel garlic. Trim crust from bread slices if using French-style or rustic bread. Place bread in 1-2 cups cold water to soak.

While bread is soaking, place garlic and almonds into a food processor or blender. Blend on pulse until smooth. Remove bread from water with slotted spatula and squeeze out excess water. Tear bread into quarters and add bread and 1 tsp salt to processor or blender. Blend on pulse.

While blending, slowly drizzle olive oil, then vinegar, and finally the water into blender or processor. Taste. Adjust salt, vinegar and oil to taste.

Strain through a sieve into a container or bowl. Press as much as possible through the sieve. Seal and chill at least 2-3 hours or overnight. Serve in chilled bowls or glass mugs, with grapes on side.

Note: To rapidly chill the soup, place the bowl or container of white garlic soup in a larger bowl with ice water for 5-10 minutes.

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 5 out of 5
Superb, Member sylvin

I have made this wonderful soup many times for friends, and every single time it has been the meal's highlight. It is a perfect summer dish, but not exclusively so. I love to make it when I have spicy dishes to go with it.

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