Soothing Garlic Soup Recipe


Prep Time

45 min

Cooking Time

45 min

Yields

6+

Ingredients


  • 4-5 heads of garlic (45-50 cloves)
  • ¼ cup high quality olive oil
  • 2 onions
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 quart of chicken broth
  • 2 cups of coconut milk or other milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaf or 2 teaspoons of fresh
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaf
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced parsley leaf (optional)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh chives (optional)
  • 1 fresh lemon (for garnish)


Directions


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut the heads of garlic in half across the cloves but do not peel them.
  3. Pour the olive oil into an oven safe dish and place the garlic head halves cut side down on the dish.Cover with an oven safe lid or foil.
  4. Roast for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until garlic cloves are fragrant and starting to brown. To remove the garlic cloves, carefully pick up the shell of the garlic heads. The cloves should slightly stick to the pan, making peeling easy.
  5. While garlic is roasting, melt butter in a large pot and add sliced onions. Saute over medium heat, stirring constantly until onions are translucent and golden. Add thyme, oregano, basil, salt and pepper and saute for 2 minutes.
  6. When garlic is done roasting, add peeled cloves to the onion mixture in the pot.
  7. Add chicken broth and bring to a simmer.
  8. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  9. Reduce heat to low and add coconut milk or other milk.
  10. Using a stainless steel immersion blender, carefully blend the soup until smooth.
  11. Serve warm.
  12. Garnish with fresh parsley and chives and squeeze a lemon wedge over each bowl.

Notes



Garlic is odiferous, tasty, and medicinal. The first medical textbook known to have discussed the use of garlic in medicine was the Collection of Commentaries on the Classic of the Materia Medica (Ben Cao Zhing Zhi Ju), written over 1,500 years ago.


Garlic was used by the ancient Greeks and Romans for its health supporting benefits. As early as the 1800s there was scientific evidence that bacteria died when they came in contact with garlic and recent research shows that garlic can strengthen the immune system and kill illness causing viruses and bacteria.


Great, especially during cold and flu season!