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Easy Clear Garlic Soup Recipe

This easy garlic soup recipe is simple and perfect for garlic lovers and people fighting colds. An everyday soup made from pantry staples.

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I feel bad for my neighbors, both upstairs and next door. For the last week, I’ve been testing this clear garlic soup recipe, and as the title may suggest, it has a pungent flavor.

On the plus side, I have banished any vampires that may have been residing near our home.

This restorative soup is not only good for Buffy wannabes, but it’s also a great hangover soup. Garlic has a ridiculous number of health benefits – for a complete list, check out this WebMD article discussing them all.

While it doesn’t specifically mention hangovers, it does say that garlic may be used to help prevent food poisoning. I’ve always thought a good bender was akin to poisoning yourself.

So, help yourself out with a bowl of garlic soup. Your stomach will thank you.

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Garlic Soup Recipe

This soup contains a lot of garlic.

At first, it may seem like too much, but the slow cooking of the garlic in oil/butter, followed by a simmer in broth, really draws out the flavor of both and then mellows it out. If you’ve ever made French onion soup, it is very similar to that process.

Like a French onion, the soup ends up being very balanced. At first, you will have some seriously teary eyes when cutting the onions and garlic.

But, believe me – it’s totally worth it. I suggest serving it with some crusty bread or homemade croutons.

Once, I decided to have a bowl of garlic soup for breakfast one day after a workout (yup, no joke.) I brought it to a boil and then dropped in two raw eggs. Once the eggs were poached, I was ready to eat.

This garlic soup recipe is easy to make and perfect for fighting colds. It is aromatic, simple and healing! An everyday soup made from pantry staples.

Garlic Soup Key Ingredients

Butter: Use unsalted butter for this recipe. It adds richness and depth to the soup’s flavor profile.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil: This oil adds a fruity and slightly peppery flavor to the soup while complementing the garlic. It’s used alongside the butter for sautéing the onions and garlic.

Finely Diced White Onion: The white onion provides a sweet and mild flavor base for the soup. When finely diced and sautéed, it adds a subtle sweetness and depth to the overall taste.

Fresh Raw Garlic: About 5 tablespoons of finely minced fresh garlic roughly translates to an entire head of garlic. Garlic is the star ingredient here, giving the soup its robust and aromatic flavor. Use multiple garlic heads if you are a big fan.

Flour: Used as a thickening agent to create a slightly thicker consistency in the soup. It helps to bind the ingredients and provides a smoother texture.

Chicken Broth or Stock: Adding depth and richness to the soup, chicken stock or broth serves as the base liquid. It contributes savory notes that complement the garlic and onion flavors.

Water: Adding water helps adjust the consistency of the soup. It ensures the soup is not overly thick and balances the flavors from the other ingredients.

White Vinegar: This ingredient brings a subtle tanginess and acidity to the soup, brightening the flavors and balancing the richness of the garlic and broth.

Kosher Salt: Enhances the flavors and helps to season the soup. Adjust the amount based on personal taste preferences.

Black Pepper: Adds a touch of spiciness and warmth to the soup. You can adjust the amount according to your taste preferences or omit it if you prefer a milder flavor.

Want to make this a vegan soup recipe? Substitute the chicken stock with vegetable stock.

This garlic soup recipe is easy to make and perfect for fighting colds. It is aromatic, simple and healing! An everyday soup made from pantry staples.

How to Make This Easy Garlic Soup Recipe

Grab a medium-sized soup pot and put it on the stove over low heat. Toss in the butter and a splash of olive oil.

Once the butter melts, add those finely diced onions and minced garlic. We’re going to cook them low and slow for around 20 minutes. We want them to soften up nicely without getting browned.

After softening onions and garlic, sprinkle in the flour and stir it in. Let it cook for a couple of minutes. This helps the soup get a bit thicker and removes the raw taste of the flour.

Slowly pour in the chicken stock or broth, followed by the water. Don’t forget that touch of white vinegar and a pinch of salt. Give it all a good stir to blend everything together beautifully.

Crank up the heat a bit to get things bubbling gently. Once it reaches a boil, lower that heat down to a simmer. Let the soup hang out and simmer away for about 30 minutes. That’s the time it needs to get all cozy and flavorful.

Give the soup a taste, and add some black pepper if you fancy a bit of spice. Adjust a bit of salt to suit your taste buds.

Once the soup has simmered and the flavors have melded together, it’s time to dish it up. Grab your bowls and fill ’em with this warm and comforting garlic soup.

Want to make it look pretty? Sprinkle fresh herbs like parsley or chives on top or a drizzle of olive oil before serving. Top with bread cubes, day-old bread, or croutons.

That’s it! Your delicious garlic soup is ready to be enjoyed. Perfect for soup season, to warm up on a chilly night, or as a tasty starter to a meal.

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garlic soup in a blue bowl

Garlic Soup

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This easy garlic soup recipe is simple and perfect for garlic lovers and people fighting colds. An everyday soup made from pantry staples.


  • 4 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup of finely diced white onion
  • 5 tablespoons finely minced fresh raw garlic (1 head of garlic)
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • black pepper to taste


  1. Heat the oil and butter in a medium soup pan on low.
  2. Add the onion and fresh garlic to the pan when the butter has melted. Cook the onion and garlic for 20 minutes until soft (but not brown.)
  3. Add the flour and stir. Cook for 2 minutes on medium heat, then add the chicken stock, water, vinegar, and salt. Stir well.
  4. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Serve hot.


To make this simple soup vegan, substitute the chicken stock with vegetable broth.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 104Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 387mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 4g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 1/23/2019

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Monday 2nd of October 2017

thanks for the recipe.. I’ve never heard of such a thing! This sounds amazing! I’ve pinned it! YUM!

Julie Briggs

Thursday 21st of July 2016

I can't wait to try this recipe - pinned and tweeted. Thank you for sharing at #HomeMattersParty


Saturday 16th of July 2016

This looks yummy! Could I use vegetable broth instead of chicken, since I'm vegetarian? :)

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Saturday 16th of July 2016

Edye, sure! I think it would still taste delicious with vegetable broth!

Helen Fern

Wednesday 13th of July 2016

My husband and I love garlic - garlic in everything. This is one way we have not had garlic, but I will be trying this!! Sounds incredible! Thanks for sharing on the What's for Dinner linky.

Easy Peasy Life Matters

Tuesday 12th of July 2016

I love garlic and this sounds to die for!! Pinned! :)

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