Česnečka (Czech Garlic Soup)

Česnečka (Czech Garlic Soup)

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
385 Calories
14g Fat
50g Carbs
15g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 385
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 771mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 17mg 86%
Calcium 99mg 8%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 1235mg 26%
*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 unsalted butter

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 6 cups chicken stock, or beef stock, hot

  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped

  • Salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed, optional

  • Croutons, for garnish

  • Grated cheese, for garnish

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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