Green garlic, as I've come to learn relatively late in life, makes one heck of a good soup. It's flavor, once simmered slowly with potatoes and a bit of pork, is somewhere right in the middle between raw garlic and sweet caramelized onions.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place potatoes in bowl of water. Set aside.

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  • Soak green garlic in a bowl of water to remove dirt or sand. Drain and set aside.

  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir minced prosciutto until it begins to sizzle, about 2 minutes. Add green garlic and continue to cook, stirring frequently. Do not let the garlic brown. Season with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper; cook and stir for 1 to 2 more minutes.

  • Mix chicken broth into green garlic mixture and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 30 minutes.

  • Remove potatoes from the bowl of water and add them to the garlic and broth mixture. Cook until potatoes are tender and easily smashed against the side of the pot, about another 30 minutes. Add broth as needed.

  • Transfer potato chunks and some green garlic chunks to a blender with about 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Puree until smooth, adding more cooking liquid as needed.

  • Stir blended potato mixture back into the pot; stir in heavy cream. Cook over medium-high heat until cream is warmed through, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Garnish with fresh chopped chives.

Cook's Note:

You can adjust the smoothness of the soup by blending more or less of the potatoes and green garlic. Substitute prosciutto for bacon, ham, or shitake mushrooms if vegetarian.

Nutrition Facts

354.1 calories; protein 9.4g 19% DV; carbohydrates 48.2g 16% DV; fat 14.3g 22% DV; cholesterol 37.9mg 13% DV; sodium 1266.3mg 51% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2013
Green Garlic is VERY hard to find but please please PLEASE go to the extra effort if you have local Farmer's Markets in your area. Stores to not typically sell it. Yes, it 'looks' like green onion but it's garlic. You can grow your own ~ I do. Easiest thing in the world. Buy a head of garlic at the store and peel the cloves then push cloves root side down into a pot of planting soil. Cram as many in as you can, they don't take up much room (leave an inch or so in-between cloves. Water when needed and very soon you'll see the shoots come up. Pull up shoot when about 1 foot tall and you'll have exactly what Chef John uses. Full sun is good for growing if you have a spot that gets it. If not, place the pot where it will get as much light or sun as possible (except in hot hot hot summer). Freezes well too in an airtight freezer bag. Love the stuff!! This soup is even more awesome when the green garlic is used. Do NOT substitute regular garlic...not the same at all......listen to his description of what Green Garlic tastes like. He's spot on. You'll be glad you did it!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/10/2017
It was ok but not great. We had a lot of green garlic in the garden and made this. Separately we sauteed the leaves; they were rather tough but ok as well. Next up in the search for the optimal use for green garlic I am going to try pickling it. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 3
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Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2013
Green Garlic is VERY hard to find but please please PLEASE go to the extra effort if you have local Farmer's Markets in your area. Stores to not typically sell it. Yes, it 'looks' like green onion but it's garlic. You can grow your own ~ I do. Easiest thing in the world. Buy a head of garlic at the store and peel the cloves then push cloves root side down into a pot of planting soil. Cram as many in as you can, they don't take up much room (leave an inch or so in-between cloves. Water when needed and very soon you'll see the shoots come up. Pull up shoot when about 1 foot tall and you'll have exactly what Chef John uses. Full sun is good for growing if you have a spot that gets it. If not, place the pot where it will get as much light or sun as possible (except in hot hot hot summer). Freezes well too in an airtight freezer bag. Love the stuff!! This soup is even more awesome when the green garlic is used. Do NOT substitute regular garlic...not the same at all......listen to his description of what Green Garlic tastes like. He's spot on. You'll be glad you did it!! Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2012
this is incredible soup!!! I am eating it right now and couldn't be happier!!! :D I know as written it deserves 5 stars, but I made some changes. I used green onions and a 1/4 of leftover white onion diced. I used 3 pieces of bacon chopped. I only used 2 and a half potatoes, but they were really big. I added roughly 2 teaspoons of cayenne because I like things spicy. I used a little more than half a cup of cream because I love it. I used lots of freshly ground black pepper and instead of chicken broth I just used salted and seasoned water. I am glad I left out the extra potato!! this is plenty thick, creamy, and delicious. Also, I only blended 3/4 of the chunks and used a masher on the others.. This is like heaven soup :) I will definitely make this again!!! it has so many possibilities!! Thank you chef John!! your video for this recipe is very funnily narrated :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2012
This soup is DELICIOUS! I don't taste any garlic though unless I used the wrong thing. I used green onions because that's exactly what they looked like in the video and I've never heard of green garlic. Anyway it's a truly warm and comfy soup the only thing I might do differently next time is take Chef John's recommendation and add mushrooms which sounds delicious and add some garlic too. Also I used bacon which added to the gloriousness of this soup. Kudos to Chef John! I've never made any of his recipes that I didn't like. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2012
I used this recipe as an inspiration for using the remnants of what was in the freezer and pantry. Thanks for the ideas Chef John! Instead of prosciutto I used smoked sausage. The green garlic was replaced by garlic scapes which were in the freezer. Chicken stock was traded for stock that was saved from cooking pork ribs in the slow cooker. A few stray potatoes were rescued from the garden. I added one chopped onion and sauted it in oil with the smoked sausage. No need to add any spices since it was all in the broth and sausage. Then proceeded to follow the directions in the recipe replacing cream with evaporated milk for a lower fat content. The result: amazingly fabulous! Sounds like a new recipe! And costs pennies to make. Very filling too. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/21/2014
I over-seasoned my soup because my chicken broth was extremely salty and I didn't take that into account but I still liked it. I used green garlic from my garden and the flavor was very different than anything else I've ever tried. Earthy a little heat and a very subtle garlic flavor. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/15/2013
Sadly I couldn't find green garlic so I had to substitute fresh garlic. The flavor in this soup is delicious (and I'm sure it'd be even better w/green garlic) but the texture is a bit off to me. My soup following the directions to a "T" ended up much more watery than creamy (and I did not add any additional chicken stock). I think I'd like this even better garnished w/some crispy prosciutto! This was a perfect recipe for lazy-feeling-under-the-weather Sunday. THANKS for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2015
This is quite nearly the same recipe that I have used for about 10 years since being introduced to green garlic. I use prosciutto lardons for the pork flavor. Since my goal is to emphasis the subtle sweet flavor of green garlic I halve the cayenne. Follow the reviewer Aunt Tilly's suggestion and grow your own green garlic in a pot and you will come to see that mature garlic and green onions are not a substitute in this recipe. They are are whole different but good flavor than green garlic in this soup. Once again Chef John you are advancing American cuisine recipe by recipe from house to house. Thank you. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2013
AMAZING!!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/10/2017
It was ok but not great. We had a lot of green garlic in the garden and made this. Separately we sauteed the leaves; they were rather tough but ok as well. Next up in the search for the optimal use for green garlic I am going to try pickling it. Read More