Cesnecka - Czech Garlic Soup

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recipe by Arousing Appetites http://arousingappetites.com/

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The Czechs’ love for garlic easily transcends the realm of food, and it has even attained urban legend status as a focal point of several Czech superstitions and traditions. At Christmas time, for example, you’ll see a bowl of peeled garlic put under the table to offer everyone strength and protection. When dealing with an ailment like a sinus infection, hangover or anything else, a bowl of garlic-heavy cesnecka is the de facto prescription. Read more about our version of this soup on Arousing Appetites.

Inspired by: https://arousingappetites.com/cesnecka-czech-garlic-soup-caraway-potatoes-croutons/

recipe updated Oct 8, 2019


  • Butter icon
    2 tbsp (28g)
  • Garlic icon
    54g (about ½ cup)
  • Onion icon
    127g (about 1)
  • Caraway seeds icon
    Caraway seeds
    1 tsp (2g)
  • Sea salt icon
    Sea salt
    2 tsp (13g)
  • Black pepper icon
    Black pepper
    2 tsp (4g)
  • Vegetable stock icon
    Vegetable stock
    6 cups (1440ml)
  • Potato icon
    340g (about 2)
  • Rustic french bread icon
    Rustic french bread
    250g (about 1)
  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
    2 tbsp (30ml)
  • Garlic powder icon
    Garlic powder
    1 tsp (3g)
  • Dried oregano icon
    Dried oregano
    1 tsp (1g)
  • Parmesan cheese icon
    Parmesan cheese
    ½ cup (about 76g)
  • Fresh parsley icon
    Fresh parsley
    as needed


  • kCook icon Wooden spoon
  • kCook icon Stove
  • kCook icon Baking sheet - 18 x 13"
  • kCook icon Large mixing bowl
  • kCook icon Small bowl
  • kCook icon Medium bowl
  • kCook icon Large saucepan

Step preview

  1. Add butter and garlic to a clean large saucepan
  2. Sauté until fragrant - approx 1 min
  3. Add onion, caraway seeds, sea salt and black pepper to a clean small bowl
  4. Transfer onion mixture to large saucepan
  5. Sauté until softened - approx 1 min
  6. Replace on drop
  7. Add vegetable stock to the large saucepan
  8. Heat until boiling
  9. Add potato to a clean medium bowl
  10. Transfer potatoes to large saucepan
  11. Simmer until tender and continue - 15 min
  12. Pre-heat oven - 175°C
  13. Add rustic french bread, olive oil, garlic powder, dried oregano, black pepper and sea salt to a clean large mixing bowl
  14. Toss until coated
  15. Transfer content of large mixing bowl to baking sheet
  16. Bake until golden brown - 10 min, 175°C
  17. Serve
  18. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese
  19. Garnish with fresh parsley
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