Pink garlic soup – it all starts during Lautrec Pink Garlic Festival!

Pink garlic soup sounds a bit ‘unusual’.

Pink Garlic Soup of Lautrec recipe
Pink Garlic Soup of Lautrec recipe

The recipe originated in Lautrec, the French capital of pink garlic.

The best time of the year to try this delicious soup is during the Fête de l’Ail Rose that takes place every year on the first Friday and Saturday in August.

The Pink Garlic Festival indeed encapsulates the passion that all French people have for food and wine.

I can also faithfully report that pink garlic soup is excellent and makes a very effective defence against people who try to invade your personal space.

Here with the recipe for the unique and delicious pink garlic soup.

Soupe à l’Ail Rose de Lautrec – Pink Garlic Soup

Ingredients (Serves 4) 2 litres of water
10 cloves of pink garlic – approximately one whole head of Lautrec garlic
150g vermicelli
Salt and pepper
For the mayonnaise
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 egg yolk
100ml mild olive oil or other vegetable oil
Salt and pepper


Bring the water to the boil in a large pan and add the crushed pink garlic cloves and seasoning.

Stir well and cook for 3 minutes.

Add the vermicelli and cook for another 3 minutes.

Make a mayonnaise in the usual way with the egg yolk, mustard, oil and seasoning.

Thin the mayonnaise down by adding a ladleful of tepid garlic broth and then gently add this back into the soup.

Reheat but do not boil, and enjoy your pink garlic soup!

Department of Tarn
Coordinates Lautrec for the best pink garlic soup: Lat 43.707263 – Long 2.138453

Credits: Photos and source text ©Helene Barratt – Les Heures Claires – Article edited by and for

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