This Mediterranean classic, as ancient and almost as simple as boiling, is the quintessential beginner’s or just-plain-basic soup. It’s one you’ll cook forever.
Makes: 4 servings
Time: 20 minutes
6 to 10 cloves garlic, lightly crushed
1 bay leaf
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 thick slices French or Italian brea…