4garlic cloves, minced, plus 1 garlic clove, cut in half
Salt to taste (about 2 teaspoons)
¼teaspoon dried thyme, or a few sprigs fresh thyme
½cup pasta, such as elbow macaroni, orecchiette or fusilli
1cup frozen peas
4slices country-style bread, cut in half, or 8 slices baguette, lightly toasted
2large eggs, beaten
1tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Ground pepper to taste
2tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 to 3tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan or Gruyère cheese
Bring 6 1/2 cups water to a boil in a 3- or 4-quart saucepan. Add minced garlic, salt, bay leaf and thyme. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. Taste and adjust salt. Remove bay leaf, and fresh thyme sprigs, if using. (Dried thyme will be difficult to remove.)
Add pasta to pot. Stir, cover and simmer until al dente, about 5 to 10 minutes, depending on pasta type. Stir from time to time so that pasta doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Add peas and simmer 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, rub toasted bread slices with cut garlic clove and place 2 pieces in each bowl.
Beat together eggs and olive oil. Temper the egg: Spoon 2 ladlefuls of the hot soup into eggs and stir together.
Turn off heat under soup and slowly stir in tempered egg mixture. Add pepper and parsley. Ladle soup into bowls over bread, sprinkle cheese over the top and serve.