75 Ratings
  • 5 Rating Star 53
  • 4 Rating Star 10
  • 3 Rating Star 7
  • 1 Rating Star 4
  • 2 Rating Star 1

Four entire bulbs of garlic, roasted to sweetness, and incorporated in a creamy soup. You can stop at the puree stage, and refrigerate for up to one day before adding the cream and lemon juice.

Marian
Servings:
4
Max Servings:
4
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Cut off top 1/4 inch of each garlic head. Place in a small, shallow baking dish. Drizzle olive oil over. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) until golden, about 1 hour. Cool slightly. Press individual garlic cloves between thumb and finger to release. Chop garlic.

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  • Melt butter or margarine in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, leeks, and onion; saute until onion is translucent, about 8 minutes. Add flour and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in hot broth and sherry. Simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool slightly.

  • Puree soup in batches in a blender or food processor.

  • Return soup to saucepan, and add cream. Simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes. Add lemon juice to taste. Season with salt and white pepper. Ladle into bowls. Garnish with chives.

Tip

Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

727.89 calories; 12.74 g protein; 48.79 g carbohydrates; 3.65 g dietary-fiber; 6.22 g sugars; 54.86 g fat; 27.01 g saturated-fat; 127.31 mg cholesterol; 2962.4 IU vitamin-a-iu; 6.34 mg niacin-equivalents; 0.98 mg vitamin-b6; 33.28 mg vitamin-c; 95.21 mcg folate; 218.71 mg calcium; 4.17 mg iron; 52.23 mg magnesium; 714.89 mg potassium; 936.76 mg sodium; 0.3 mg thiamin; 493.77 calories-from-fat; 25 percent-of-calories-from-carbs; 64 percent-of-calories-from-fat; 6 percent-of-calories-from-protein; 31 percent-of-calories-from-sat-fat


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gaochinwen
12/04/2007
I had first tried this soup at the Vermont Culinary School restaurant a few years ago in Burlington and have since been hunting high and low looking for this recipe. I left out the leeks and just sauteed sliced Spanish white onions instead and it gave it a sweeter taste. I did not use whipped cream but just heavy table cream instead and it came out fine. This is great winter soup and the lemon wedge and croutons are a perfect addition. Also a few sprinkles of grated Asiago or parmasan cheese on top is also tasty toppings. Goes well with a very dry white wine.
(42)

Most helpful critical review

Anonymous
01/25/2010
Well. I'm in the minority here but hubby and I strongly disliked this soup. It looked like and had the consistency of baby food. Not a bad flavor but no thanks. Will not make again. Threw it out. I do recommend using the white part of the leeks only or you'll end up with a soup that will remind you of a certain part of the Exorcist. I'm sorry I'm not trying to be mean but that is what I kept thinking about when looking at the soup.
(1)
75 Ratings
  • 5 Rating Star 53
  • 4 Rating Star 10
  • 3 Rating Star 7
  • 1 Rating Star 4
  • 2 Rating Star 1
gaochinwen
12/04/2007
I had first tried this soup at the Vermont Culinary School restaurant a few years ago in Burlington and have since been hunting high and low looking for this recipe. I left out the leeks and just sauteed sliced Spanish white onions instead and it gave it a sweeter taste. I did not use whipped cream but just heavy table cream instead and it came out fine. This is great winter soup and the lemon wedge and croutons are a perfect addition. Also a few sprinkles of grated Asiago or parmasan cheese on top is also tasty toppings. Goes well with a very dry white wine.
(42)
Anonymous
10/31/2005
A good soup but way too many leeks. I made a 2nd time and used 1 large leek as opposed to 4. Came out much better. I also added some oven roasted red potatoes with rosemary and garlic to the recipe. Came out excellent. Overall this is a solid recipe that gives you a great base to work with.
(33)
Anonymous
11/15/2006
This soup was great...the second day. Next time I make this soup I'll definitely finish the soup and serve it the next day. The flavor was so much better the second day. I also cut the leeks down to one but left the rest of the recipe the same. Give yourself lots of time with this soup. It takes a while to make. A perfect soup to prepare a day ahead.
(33)
Anonymous
12/03/2005
mmmm creamy and garlicy.. upon the advive of other reviewers I only used one leek. It was plenty I think 4 would be way too much unless my leeks were especially giant. Next time I'm going to use milk or blend cream instead of the whipping cream.
(13)
notoriousJEN
05/01/2009
SunnyB's awesome pic compelled me to make this even on the warmest day we've had so far this year. My roommate kind of gave me the side-eye when I told him we were having soup but he sure seemed happy enough to be eating it. I had pre-peeled cloves and I didn't think I could roast those but found that I could. You just toss the cloves with the oil make a packet out of foil and put them in a 350 oven for about half an hour. They tasted great and it was faster than roasting them in the bulbs. Skipped the lemon because it seemed perfect as it was when I tasted it. I had leftover garlic mashed potatoes from the previous night so I added some of those too. I skipped the puree step; it looked fine as it was. Very delicious thank you!
(13)
SunnyByrd
04/27/2009
I loved this soup! I also love texture so I left mine unpureed - and I have to go against the other reviewers and say that next time I would add even MORE leeks and onions to add more texture and sweetness. Other than leaving mine unblended I followed the rest of the recipe exactly. The base is very velvety and nicely flavored - and the thickness holds up fine against the veggies without pureeing. It wasn't as sweet as I was imagining so I added about a tablespoon of brown sugar at the end. Garnished with a little ground nutmeg. Excellent - thanks!
(11)
Shellygloo
03/13/2004
This is probably my favorite soup. I have made this several times. It is extremely rich and flavorful very smooth. Roasting the garlic makes the house smell fabulous as well. I can't imagine a better roasted garlic soup recipe.
(10)
REDUMBRELLA
01/22/2005
A flavorful and sophisticated soup. This could be called leek soup as much as garlic soup. A wonderful blend of the two. I would recommend not using any of the cream or up to half of it. The pureed vegetables have enough of a creamy texture on their own.
(7)
TC
01/06/2009
Very good but it only needed one leek. I topped it with some croutons for a little crunch.
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