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As winter enters its last stretch, there's nothing better than a warming soup before the first signs of spring take the edge off the cold. This week, our chef, Oscar Manresa from Barcelona's Casa Leopoldo, shows us a soup he often made with his father at such times: thyme soup.

Thyme soup is a traditional Catalan recipe using an egg, some toast (or a slightly stale baguette from the day before), garlic and thyme. And the recipe is as simple as it sounds:

Ingredients for 2

thyme - bunch
stock - 800ml / 27floz (chicken or vegetable)
bread - 100g / 3.5oz (toast or slightly stale)
garlic - 1 clove
egg - 1
olive oil


  1. In a saucepan, put a splash of olive oil and turn on to medium
  2. Add a clove of garlic, coarsely chopped, and a bunch of thyme (see video)
  3. Once the garlic is golden, add the stock, simmer for 10 minutes
  4. Remove the thyme and garlic
  5. Add the bread and blend to a soup
  6. Plate up hot and add the yolk of an egg
  7. Sprinkle with salt and more thyme to serve