Slovak Garlic Soup

Slovak garlic soup is known as cesnaková polievka or cesnačka in Slovak. It’s very common in most restaurants. Now, there are a couple of variants of this soup and the “normal” recipe seems to be a bit more complicated than ours. You can read more about it here >

However, our garlic soup is inspired by the soup we usually ate in one of our favourite restaurants while living in Bratislava. The soup there was extremely garlicky – for a while we had a Finnish flatmate, and he could always tell when we had been to that restaurant. Apparently the whole flat would smell of garlic. Maybe it was a good thing, with Transylvania being so close and all.

For our Slovak garlic soup you’ll need (for 2 servings):

  • Garlic cloves (the more, the better) – at least 7 is good.
  • 1 vegetable stock cube (unless you want to make that stock yourself)
  • Cheese
  • Bread & butter
Garlik, vitlök
Garlic for the soup

You boil some water and add the stock cube. Mince the garlic cloves and add to the soup. You can add some cheese in the soup when it’s ready to be served. I personally like it very much. The cheese should melt in the soup. Usually there are croutons as well, but we have decided to skip them – simply because we don’t like them.

Slovak garlic soup
Addling the garlic into the soup

Slovak garlic soup is a great starter and it’s also very good on those freezing winter days. It’s not very filling on its own, so our recommendation is that you have some bread and butter to go with it. Or eat it is a starter. This one is great when you have caught a cold as well. You might not want to eat this dish before having a hot date, unless your dates loves garlic. In that case you should try to woo him/her with some delicious Slovak garlic soup. Chances are that s/he has never even heard of it!

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Slovak garlic soup: ready to be eaten!


  1. Thank you for sharing this recipe! 🙂 When was living in Prague (now more than 10 years ago) this was one of the nicest soups they had on offer. Never did try making it at home afterwards, but this looks so simple, easy and delicious, I have bookmarked it to try in the coming winter months. 🙂

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