Roasted Garlic Healing Soup

When we think of healthy foods we often don’t consider garlic but this little pungent guy can certainly pack a nutritional punch! Historically, garlic was used as a powerful, natural curative for many illnesses fighting off viruses and bacteria.  There is a plethora of information out there on garlic and its proposed health benefits.  Folklore also tells us that people used garlic to ward off the plague and use it as protection to ward off evil so vampires beware!

Garlic is a powerful antioxidant, an excellent source of vitamin B6, as well as a very good source of selenium, manganese and vitamin C. It’s also a good source of calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium and copper. Garlic may play a role in heart health, cancer prevention, immunity, brain health and much more.

This soup is as the title states, packed with garlic, so yes it does have a strong garlic taste but the cooking and roasting help the garlic to mellow. Wikipedia states that the well-known phenomenon of “garlic breath” is allegedly alleviated by eating fresh parsley so you may want to follow this soup up with munching on a sprig of parsley or two.

This recipe was developed after roasting garlic for a pumpkin hummus recipe I was working with last week. I had extra roasted garlic and started looking up ways to use it. There are many variations of garlic soup out there but I like this one that uses potatoes to add a thick and creamy texture. Roasting the garlic adds the sweet caramelized garlic taste. Some garlic soup recipes add parmesan cheese toward the end, some add bacon and others pair it with a toasted crostini or croutons. These are all wonderful variations, I just like keeping it pure and simple.

Why Healthy

  • Garlic is a powerful antioxidant and contains many beneficial compounds that have been linked to a host of proposed health benefits.
  • Leeks also contain many noteworthy flavonoid anti-oxidants, minerals, and vitamins that have proven health benefits.

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Yield: 4 Servings

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 90 Minutes

Ingredients:

2 Large Heads of Garlic
2 Tablespoon Olive Oil, Divided
1 Large Leek, Chopped
4 Fresh Thyme Sprigs
4 Cups Chicken Broth
3 Yukon Gold Potatoes, Peeled and Diced
1 Tablespoon Dried Oregano
Salt and Pepper To taste

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Remove 5 cloves from one head of garlic and set them aside.
Place each garlic head in the middle of a piece of aluminum foil and cut off about 1/4 inch from the top of each bulb, exposing the top of the cloves, drizzle with 1/2 - 1 tablespoon olive oil and fold foil around the garlic.
Place the packets on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 45 minutes then remove, cool slightly and squeeze the roasted garlic from the papery skin into a small bowl.
While the garlic is roasting prepare the other ingredients.
In a heavy duty saucepan, heat the remaining olive oil over medium heat and add the chopped leek, 6 garlic cloves (minced), the thyme sprigs and saute until the garlic becomes fragrant but not brown.
Add the broth, roasted garlic, potato cubes, oregano, a pinch of salt and fresh cracked pepper and bring the soup to a boil.
Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20-30 minutes until the potatoes are tender and easily mashed.
Remove the thyme stems and using a handheld immersion (or stick) blender, puree the soup.
If you do not have a handheld blender, carefully puree in a blender working in small batches.
Adjust the seasoning if necessary and serve.
This soup also stores very well and the flavors develop even further the day after.

 

One Response to “Sweet Potato Hummus”

  1. Gwendolyne — November 28, 2011 @ 8:28 pm

    I made the sweet potato hummus as an appetizer for Thanksgiving and my family loved it! We served it with fresh carrots from our local farmers market and whole-grain crackers.

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