Just about every culture on the planet has some version of a garlic soup, as such we’re going to give you the basic recipe and then a few suggestions on how you can tailor it to your own liking and style. We’re making this into a multi-part write up, so that you can then experiment with whatever version of the soup floats your boat.
Garlic is one of our favorite super foods, while maybe not necessarily considered by the wider medical community as such the generally accepted health benefits of garlic are at least somewhat well documented – note our general rule on not giving medical advice. We love garlic in everything. But if you want to truly elevate your taste buds and offer them something other than then the usual garlic in pasta or some such how about an awesome garlic soup.
The two basic methods of cooking garlic, you can put it in a pot or you can roast it. Either way works very well, the trick is to keep it on very low heat, you don’t want to carmelize the garlic so much as soften it.
Either in a pot, or roasted all you need is the garlic and olive oil.
As a general rule of thumb, with a good healthy head of garlic you should get about 10 cloves that will be plumb enough for cooking. To make a good soup you’re going to need at least four or five heads of garlic.
Pot Method – turn stove on low, use the cloves only, drizzle in olive oil, enough to coat the bottom of the pot and then a little more. Cover the pot and let cook on low for about 20 minutes, stirring once in a while and checking for doneness – think firm mashed potatoes.
Roasting Method – preheat oven to 350. Use whole head of garlic, cut in half across the cloves so that the cloves are halved. It is highly recommended to use a good roasting pan with a cover. Oil the bottom of the pan, place the cut heads of garlic face down in the pan, drizzle some oil over the heads, cover and let cook for about 30 minutes. Check with a fork, poke em see if they’re tender.
While you are cooking your garlic, you can get started on any of the rest of these recipes below: