Summer colds are kind of the worst. I mean, it's not like I ever really want to voluntarily sign up for a cold but there's something about being feverish and sniffly when it's hot outside that just doesn't work for me.
My Italian grandmother believes anything can be cured with a huge dose of garlic and somehow that has stuck with me through the years. So, it was only natural that I craved a garlicky broth but something mellow and sweet, not something so intense you'd wilt flowers when you'd talk. Yes, the slow-roasting of the tomatoes takes a little time but it's really more patience than effort. And, if you're more organized than me, you might make them ahead of time so you have them ready for a rainy day.
Er, or a sunny day where sniffles set it and garlic soup is in order.
halved (about 20 to 30 tomatoes)
divided plus more for garnish
(about 6 cups)
charred, seeded, and minced (optional)
seeded and thinly sliced
finely chopped, for garnish (optional)
for garnish (optional)
quartered, for serving (optional)
for serving (optional)
For the slow-roasted tomatoes: Heat an oven to 225°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Slice tomatoes in half then drizzle with a 1 tablespoon of of the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Add two garlic cloves, toss to coat then transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and slow roast until the tomatoes are shrunken and drier but still left with a little moisture (so a little less dry than sundried tomatoes), this can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours depending on the size of the tomatoes.
Make the tomatoes ahead of time and store them covered in olive oil in an airtight container. Use them in this recipe or in your next salad, on your next bagel with lox, or just snack on them while you stand in your slippers in the kitchen.
For the garlic soup: Slice the remaining garlic cloves as thin as possible (this will help them sort of melt into the olive oil instead of being big chunks of garlic). Heat the remaining olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the garlic and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
Add the broth, raise the heat, and bring to a boil. Lower heat so broth is simmering, cover, and cook until broth is infused with garlic flavor, at least 15 minutes. Season generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Broth can be made up to 4 days ahead of time and stored covered in a refrigerated container.
When broth is well flavored, crack eggs into small cups. Carefully slip eggs into broth and poach until cooked through, about 3 to 5 minutes (you should be able to cook 2 to 4 eggs at a time depending on the size of the saucepan). To serve, divide tomatoes, charred chiles (if using), avocado, herbs, and cheese among bowls. Top with broth then add 1 to 2 poached eggs to each bowl, add a lime wedge and bread then serve.
If you like garlic as much as I do, then make sure you check out this 40 Clove Garlic Chicken For Two.