Do you love garlic bread? This creamy and delicious garlic bread soup tastes like garlic bread but in a bowl! It’s seasoned with bay leaves, thyme, garlic, and thickened with blended cubes of French bread with cream and Parmesan cheese.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut French bread into 1″ cubes. Melt butter and minced garlic in a small dish. Drizzle bread cubes with garlic butter, sprinkle with basil and salt. Toss bread cubes to coat and place on a baking pan in a single layer. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring halfway. Set aside.
Garlic Bread Soup
Add olive oil to a large pot over medium-sized heat. Once hot, add onions, thyme, bay leaves, salt, and pepper, and cook for 7-8 minutes until onions begin to brown. Add garlic and cook until it becomes aromatic, about 30-60 seconds.
Add chicken broth and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes. Remove bay leaves.
Whisk French bread cubes and heavy whipping cream into broth. Allow the bread cubes to absorb the liquid for about 5 minutes at a simmer.
Using an immersion blender, blend the onion and bread cubes in the soup.
Whisk in grated Parmesan cheese. Serve with homemade croutons.