Česnečka (Czech Garlic Soup)

Česnečka (Czech Garlic Soup)

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  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
238 Calories
2g Fat
43g Carbs
15g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 238
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 796mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 15g
Calcium 164mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This Czech garlic soup recipe or česnečka is said to be the number one hangover cure in the Czech Republic.

It's a simple affair of broth, potatoes, garlic, and onions. This soup is so quick to make that many housewives and mothers rise early in the morning to stir up a pot of this easy dish for their spouses and family members after a night of partying.

Garlic soup is by no means the only food eaten to chase away the effects of enthusiastic celebrations.


  • 2 tablespoons bacon fat (or butter)
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 6 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 6 cups chicken stock (or beef, hot)
  • 2 large potatoes (peeled and coarsely chopped)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • Optional: 3 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • Garnish: croutons
  • Garnish: grated cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt bacon fat or butter. Add onions and garlic and cook until translucent.

  2. Add hot stock and bring to a boil. Add potatoes, return to the boil, reduce heat, and simmer until potatoes are tender.

  3. Adjust seasoning and, for a stronger garlic taste, add 3 cloves crushed garlic (not minced). Serve immediately with croutons and grated cheese of choice.

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