Garlic Soup

Have you ever heard of garlic soup?  Well, neither had I until I seen it in Food Network magazine.  I do love garlic, so I thought what the heck I’ll check it out.  It sounded like it would be a bit strong to me but it was surprisingly mellow and subtle.  The flavor was perfect.

It’s an excellent spring/summer soup.  Even though I know some of you don’t do the summer soup thing.  You can always save/pin it for cooler weather.  I just had to make it because I was very intrigued by the recipe.

As usual I cut this recipe in half so don’t let the pictures fool you.

Oh and here’s a little spring Robin who made her nest in an upstairs windowsill, she’s sitting on 3 eggs 🙂

Garlic Soup

3 T. extra-virgin olive oil
2 small heads garlic, smashed and peeled, plus 3 cloves, thinly sliced
1 small onion, chopped
1 c. dry white wine
2 sprigs thyme
1 bay leaf
2 1/2 c. chicken broth
2 1/2 c. water
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 piece parmesan cheese rind, plus 1/2 c. grated parmesan
2 c. cubed day-old crusty bread
1/3 c. sour cream
Fresh dill, for topping

Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Add the smashed garlic and onion and cook, stirring, until soft and lightly golden, about 8 minutes.
Onions for garlic soup

Add the wine, thyme, bay leaf, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper to taste and the cheese rind.  Bring to a simmer and cook until reduced by half, about 5 minutes.  Add 2 1/2 c. water and 2 1/2 c. chicken broth, reduce the heat to low and bring to a gentle simmer; cook until the garlic is very soft, about 30 minutes.  Remove from the heat, add the bread and let soak for 10 minutes.
Garlic soup croutons
Garlic soup

Remove the thyme, bay leaf and cheese rind from the saucepan; stir in the grated cheese, sour cream and 1/2 teaspoon salt.  Transfer the soup to a blender in batches and puree until smooth.  Season with salt and pepper.

Combine the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, the sliced garlic and a pinch of salt in a skillet over low heat; cook until the garlic is golden and crisp, 12 to 15 minutes.

Divide the soup among bowls.  Top with the fried garlic, some of the garlic oil and fresh dill.
Garlic soup

Yield: 6 servings.  Recipe slightly adapted from Food Network Magazine April 2013.

*Notes ~ I used dried dill as fresh was not available.  Croutons work great in this recipe!

Next week I will also be posting on Tuesday and Thursday. Have a great weekend y’all!


About Suzie

My name is Suzie. I'm married and have a son in the Army. I enjoy cooking, country life, reading and my animals, hence the name of this blog. My two German Shepherds are underfoot anytime I'm cooking ;) Oh, I'm also addicted to Food Network Channel.
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26 Responses to Garlic Soup

  1. I love garlic soup, your recipe sounds so good. Wonder how it would be chilled?

    • Suzie says:

      I’m not sure Suzanne, I only had it heated. I’m not a big fan of chilled soups though, I just find it kind of odd….just old school thinking 😉

  2. I am a huge garlic fan and marked this recipe too. It looks like it turned out great and I even have some dill about to die in my fridge 🙂

  3. Mmmm… Garlic Soup! Yeah, totally pinning. And winning.

  4. Jane says:

    Yum, I love garlic! This sounds so good!

  5. biz319 says:

    Well, if its anything like your lasagna soup, I am all in! We have a bird on our window sill too but its near our attic that is spooky, but I would like to get a better picture to see how many eggs are in there!

    • Suzie says:

      I must admit, though good, no where near lasagna soup….lol! I did see your bird pic too and forgot to comment…geesh! I just found another robin’s nest today along with a mourning dove’s nest…can’t wait for babies 🙂

  6. Jorie says:

    Beautiful robin! And I love garlic so I’m sure I’d be interested in it in soup format—I’ve just never heard of that before! So inventive, Suzie 🙂

  7. Veronica says:

    STOMACH GROWL! Your blog has become torture for me. I’m going to cry into my sad sandwich now. 😉

  8. Joanne says:

    Whoa! I love all the rich garlic flavor in this…and I’m literally drooling thinking about it!

  9. Sarah says:

    i saved this recipe from my issue of the magazine too! can’t wait to try it 🙂 glad to hear it’s delicious!

    • Suzie says:

      I did change the recipe a little, I didn’t like how much water they called for so I did half water, 1/2 chicken broth. The bread I used croutons.

  10. I love anything garlic! Good thing my husband does too. 😉

  11. The idea of this garlic soup really has been intrigued. I would SO do soup in this Spring time for this one! Love the floating croutons and can almost smell the robust flavor and depth this has. Happy Mother’s Day, love!!!!

  12. Oh that does look delicious!!! Just the recipe for our cooling nights, I love the croutons too, Yum!

  13. We used to treat a newly giving birth mom with this kind of dish…..
    comfort dish…..

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