March 24, 2012

My Favourite Get Well Soon Remedy: Cream of Garlic Soup


This simple soup, like most simple recipes, is so much more than the sum of it's parts.  It comes together quickly and has few ingredients, yet it is sweet and rich and so very comforting when you're fighting off a cold.

This is a soup our family reserves only for when we are sick.  I don't suggest going about your daily life, out there in public, with the scent of this soup oozing from your pores. That's just not a good way to make friends, ya know?


Cream of Garlic Soup

Coarsely chop two whole heads of garlic.

 

 Melt about a tablespoon of butter in your soup pot over medium heat.  



Add the garlic and a large pinch of Kosher salt.



Cook over medium heat, for 5-7 minutes or until the garlic begins to turn golden brown.  Be careful not to burn the garlic! 


Sprinkle the garlic with a 1/4 cup of all purpose flour (if you'd rather not measure, that is about a handful)) and stir the flour around for one minute.  Quickly add 1 cup of chicken broth or stock. Tilt pot and puree with a handheld stick blender (or place in an ordinary blender to puree and then return to the pot)


Stir in 3 more cups of chicken stock and bring soup to a boil.

Once the soup has boiled , remove it from heat and stir in 1/2 a cup of cream combined with a 1/2 cup of milk.  The proportions of the milk/cream mixture often varies based on how rich/poor/decadent I'm feeling.

Season to taste with pepper and more salt, if necessary.

Serve in soup bowls with a loaf of good sourdough bread or some large garlicky homemade croutons.  Or, better yet, just sip it from a favourite mug!


Here's the recipe without the pictures so that you can make the soup without having to scroll through the whole blog post:


Cream of Garlic Soup
1. Coarsely chop 2 heads of garlic.
2. Melt a tablespoon of butter in a soup pot over medium heat.
3. Add the garlic to the pot and sprinkle with a large pinch of kosher salt.
4. Cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until the garlic begins to turn golden brown.  Be careful not to burn the garlic!  
5. Sprinkle the garlic with a 1/4 cup of all purpose flour and stir the flour around.  Quickly add 1 cup of chicken broth or stock. Tilt pot and puree with a handheld stick blender (or place in an ordinary blender to puree and then return to the pot)
6. Stir in 3 more cups of chicken stock and bring soup to a boil.
7..Once the soup has boiled , remove it from heat and stir in 1/2 a cup of cream combined with a 1/2 cup of milk.
8. Season to taste with pepper and more salt, if necessary.

Enjoy!  And get well soon!

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17 comments:

  1. I had my tonsils out yesterday, and although I think I'll wait 1 more day to do the dairy... this sounds superb :) Thanks for posting!

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    1. Awww, Charlene. I haven't had my tonsils removed, but I can't imagine it's much fun! Best wishes for a speedy recovery. :)

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  2. This sounds so yummy! I've got a sick toddler now and me and my hubby are starting to feel it now too...may need to make this soon! Thanks or sharing! Enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

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  3. mariassecretgarden.blogspot.comMarch 24, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Sounds yummy! Can't wait to make it!

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  4. Yumm! Garlic is anti fungal, anti parasitic, good for your heart, digestive tract, immune system and pretty much everything else :)

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  5. Yum! Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to try it :)

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  6. I could do with a warm mug of this right now. I can't shake my cold :-(

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  7. I would SO choose this soup over hanging out with my friends...lol. I am a garlic fanatic!! :)

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  8. Sounds delicious! But that's quite a lot of garlic to peel (I know, I'm lazy). Any tips as to how to make it easier please?

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    1. I lay the clove flat on the cutting board and then lay a large flat knife on top and whack it with the palm of my hand. This crushes the garlic and the peel comes loose. You can just pop the garlic right out of the skin.

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    2. Yes, I do it the same way as Anonymous!

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  9. yum. What a great cold day soup. I'm live in the Canadian Prairies and it can get so cold during the winter. This would be the perfect mug of soup for lunch. :)

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  10. Will try today. We are all down with a cold and my tonsils are totally reacting like crazy! Thank you for sharing this. Pinned it!

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  11. This sounds so good! I can't wait to try it!

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  12. This was good. I didn't have any chicken stock so I just used water. I had to add some extra salt and pepper at the end but this was great. Thank you so much! I hope it helps my throat!

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  13. Thanks so much for posting this recipe! I made it tonight and it was absolutely delicious. I added some other veggies that needed used up (shallots and a portobello and a carrot for color). Sooo tasty! Of course, any recipe that starts out with, "Take two HEADS of garlic" just has to be yummy, right? ;-) I will definitely make this recipe again.

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