Sopa de Ajo Recipe

Showcase the flavor of free-range eggs and smoked Spanish paprika in this sopa de ajo recipe.

From "Put an Egg on It"
March 2015

  • Sopa de ajo
    Sopa de ajo is flavored with smoked paprika and garlic and topped with bright, flavorful eggs.
    Photo by Lara Ferroni
  • Put an Egg on It
    "Put an Egg on It," by Lara Ferroni, is a collection of 70 simple breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert recipes that feature eggs. Plenty of simple comfort food recipes and dishes from a variety of international cuisines showcase eggs in savory, sweet and unexpected ways.
    Cover courtesy Sasquatch Books
  • Sopa de ajo
  • Put an Egg on It

Total Hands-On Time: 35 min

Preparation Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Yield: 4 servings

For recipes that put eggs front and center, Lara Ferroni’s Put an Egg on It (Sasquatch Books, 2013) is the place to start. Clear, easy-to-follow recipes range from simple comfort foods to internationally-inspired dishes, all featuring nutritious, flavorful eggs. The following sopa de ajo recipe uses only a few ingredients, but it doesn’t need many to be delicious.

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Since so much of this soup’s flavor comes from the paprika, be sure to use fine-quality smoked Spanish paprika for this recipe, either hot or sweet.


• 1/2 loaf (about 1/2 pound) country bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 6 cloves garlic, chopped
• 1 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika
• 1 teaspoon sea salt
• 1 quart chicken stock
• 4 eggs


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Spread the bread cubes evenly on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the cubes are golden brown just on the edges.

3. Remove the baking sheet from the oven but leave the oven on.

4. Pour the oil into a small soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the toasted bread, and stir to coat.

5. Add the garlic, paprika, and salt. Mix well and cook for 2 or 3 minutes, or until fragrant.

6. Add the stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let the soup simmer for 5 minutes.

7. Ladle the soup into 4 individual ovenproof bowls (I like to use mini cocottes), filling them three-quarters full. Top each with an egg.

8. Bake for about 10 minutes, until the eggs have set.

9. Sprinkle with a bit more paprika and salt, and serve hot.

© 2013 by Lara Ferroni. All rights reserved. Excerpted from Put an Egg on It: 70 Delicious Dishes that Deserve a Sunny Topping by permission of Sasquatch Books. You can buy this book from our store: Put an Egg on It.

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