Usually when I’m exploring the labyrinth of recipes and ideas on Saveur.com, I find lots that I’d like to try. The website has an impressive selection of ethnic and international foods, including several recipes from Senegal, where my wife and I once resided. Often the most exciting recipes include expensive ingredients or are a bit too labor-intensive for a weeknight meal. Sometimes, though, there’s something simple, quick, and easy that can be whipped up in a flash. Sopa de Ajo, or Castilian Garlic and Bread Soup, is just one of those recipes. If, like my sister, you’re gagging at the thought of purposefully putting bread in soup to make it soggy and thick, I understand. I had never heard of such a thing until I lived in Italy for a semester in college, and tried the Tuscan bread-infused-soups, Ribollita and Pappa al Pomodoro. Pardon the image, but if these soups are not presented artistically, they can look an awful lot like a bowl of vomit. Luckily, all it takes are some fresh herbs, a thin shaving of parmesan, red onion, and a drizzle of olive oil to make them look like a million bucks. Oh, and they’re frickin’ delicious. But back to Sopa de Ajo. Hailing from the slightly vague region of Castile, the north/central area of Spain, this dish appealed to me because I generally love traditional Spanish cuisine, and I have a garlic itch that needs frequent scratching. Loving garlic as I do, I was excited to give this recipe a shot, though slightly wary that there were SO few ingredients. Following the recipe faithfully, apart from using hot Hungarian paprika instead of Spanish, I found this dish to be very intense. It is not overwhelmingly spicy, but it is quite overwhelmingly garlic-y. I never thought it possible, but this dish (at least as listed) can really only be served in very small portions as an appetizer. I would perhaps serve it in a ramekin alongside something clean and fresh, like thinly sliced cucumber. It really isn’t bad, but the flavors are very, very bold, and there isn’t a lot of subtlety. And if you want to make a garlic joke about serving it only with close friends and not on first dates, go right ahead.