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All Recipes, Soups & Salads / November 1, 2023

Creamy Garlic & Rice Soup | SERIOUSLY Good 30 Minute Recipe

This Creamy Garlic & Rice Soup, known in Spain as Arroz Meloso al Ajo, is where simplicity meets extraordinary. We´re talking simple ingredients, minimal effort and a ton of great flavors. Serve this soup as a starter or even as a main course, and always next to a crunchy baguette for the ultimate Spanish experience.

Creamy Garlic & Rice Soup
To make this recipe I used Spanish round rice, which is the rice that is typically used to make paella. Very similar to Arborio rice. However, you can use whatever type of rice you like. Though you will probably need to use less liquid, as this type of rice absorbs more liquid.

Creamy Garlic & Rice Soup
For the liquid, I used homemade vegetable broth, as it gives the soup a deeper depth of flavors. But you can also use chicken broth, beef broth or even water if you like. Just make sure to season accordingly if using water.

Creamy Garlic & Rice Soup

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: To make the garlic paste, I used a mortar & pestle. If you don´t have one, you can also use a food processor, hand blender or even a nutri-bullet.

Creamy Garlic & Rice Soup

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Creamy Garlic & Rice Soup
5 from 1 vote

Spanish Creamy Garlic & Rice Soup

Course Soup
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 281 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 1.25 grams
  • 6 cups vegetable broth 1.5 liters
  • 1 cup Spanish round rice 190 grams
  • 1 egg
  • handful fresh parsley
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Separate the cloves of garlic from the head, remove the skins from each clove and roughly chop the garlic, add into a mortar, along with the sweet smoked paprika and a pinch of sea salt, using a pestle, pound down on the mixture until you form a paste like texture

  2. Add the broth into a sauce pan and heat with a high heat

  3. At the same time, heat a stock pot with a medium heat and add in the olive oil

  4. After a couple of minutes add in the garlic paste, mix continuously, after 1 minute and the garlic is fragrant, add in the rice and season with sea salt & black pepper, continue to mix continuously

  5. Once the rice is lightly toasted, about 2 minutes, add in the simmering vegetable broth, mix every 2 to 3 minutes, this will help release the starch in the rice to give that creamy texture

  6. In the meantime, crack the egg into a bowl, season with salt & pepper and whisk together

  7. Once the rice is cooked through, 15 minutes in my case (check package instructions), slowly add in the whisked egg while mixing continuously, once all the egg has been added, continue to mix for another 30 to 45 seconds, then remove from the heat

  8. Transfer into shallow bowls and garnish with fresh parsley, serve at once, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Spanish Creamy Garlic & Rice Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 281 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 0.01g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 307mg13%
Potassium 62mg2%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 183IU4%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Sumitha

    5 stars
    Wonderful recipe. Just a few ingredients to make a good tasty wholesome soup.
    We all need that garlic to ward away the evil of flu viruses 🙂
    Thank you for the recipe . You are a legend at our dinner table 🙂

    03 . Nov . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      04 . Nov . 2023
  2. Jackie

    Looking forward to trying this one, it’s been raining and cold for days here in UK. This garlicky recipe will be good to keep colds at bay, which is great at this time of year. I’ve made quite a few of your recipes now and they always turn out well. I like that they are mostly economical and use things we have in store. Thank you very much!

    02 . Nov . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thanks for the comment! Much love 🙂

      04 . Nov . 2023
  3. David

    Looks delicious. Thank you very much for the recipe. Shout out from Southern California. Los Angeles 👍

    01 . Nov . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love!

      02 . Nov . 2023
  4. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me i never had spanish creamy garlic and rice soup before perfect for raining days in Singapore and after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    01 . Nov . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      02 . Nov . 2023

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