Garlic Soup with Pasta and Peas

5 garlic cloves, 4 minced and 1 halved

Salt to taste

1 bay leaf

3 sprigs thyme

1/2 c. elbow macaroni

1 c. frozen peas

4 slices of artisan bread loaf

2 eggs

1 T. garlic infused olive oil

ground pepper to taste

Place 6 1/2 c. water, minced garlic, salt, bay leaf and thyme into a large soup pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Remove bay leaf and thyme sprigs and add pasta to the pot, simmer for another 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add the peas and allow to simmer until warmed through, 5 minutes or so.

While soup is simmering, place bread slices under the broiler until toasted, flip and toast other side. Remove from broiler and immediately rub with halved garlic.  Place one toast into each of 4 bowls, set aside.

Using a fork, beat together the egg and olive oil.  Add two ladlefuls of broth to the egg mixture and remove the soup from the heat source.  Slowly add the egg mixture to the soup, stirring constantly. The soup will thicken slightly and have ribbons of egg throughout.  Ladle the soup over the toasts and serve.