Friday, January 20, 2012

Roasted Garlic Soup

So far it’s been a pretty mild winter.  I hope I’m not speaking too soon.  Especially because we are moving in seven days.  SEVEN DAYS, people.  I’m busy at work, we’ve barely been home, and I’m not done packing.  What kind of baker can pack her mixer and whisks and pot holders?  Help me, I’m begging.

I just don’t love moving.  After the U-Haul is returned, the boxes are unpacked, and a bottle of merlot is opened, I’ll be better, I promise.  But right now, I’m feeling a bit over the edge and the only thing that’s keeping me sane is garlic.

Yes, garlic.  Garlic in soup.  Sweet roasted garlic all pureed up with some onions and broth and thyme.  It’s a sweet escape from all this crazy moving business. Plus it makes my torn up house smell dreamy.  And it makes living out of boxes a teensy bit more bearable.

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Roasted Garlic Soup

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

rich, creamy soup, full of sweet garlic flavor.


2 heads of garlic
2 Tbs. olive oil
Salt and pepper

2 Tbs. olive oil
2 cups yellow onions, sliced into half rings
2 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped
2 heads of garlic, cloves peeled and left whole
4 cups chicken (or veggie) stock
1/2 cup 2% milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Olive oil for drizzling


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut the tops off of 2 of the heads of garlic. Place each in a "boat" of aluminum foil, drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil each, and sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon of salt. Wrap the foil around the each head of garlic. Place on a baking sheet and roast for about 45 minutes. Your nose will tell you when the garlic is done.

Remove from the oven and set aside until cool. Once cool, squeeze all of the garlic from the papery skin and place in a bowl. Set aside.

In a large Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the onions and thyme and cook until both are fragrant, about 7-8 minutes. Add the roasted and raw garlic and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the stock, bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until the raw garlic is tender, about 20 minutes.

Remove soup from heat. I used an immersion blender to process the soup. You could also use a food processor or blender. Process until the whole cloves of garlic and the onions are blended well. Return to heat and add milk. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.

Adapted from Bon Appetit via Epicurious


36 Responses to “Roasted Garlic Soup”

  1. #
    Kathryn — January 20, 2012 @ 6:24 am

    I hate moving too, I haven’t done it for nearly five years and I’m dreading the day when it finally comes. I hope the next week all goes smoothly and you are packed, and unpacked, quickly and easily.

    This soup looks absolutely delightful, it’s such a beautiful colour and I love anything that involves roasted garlic.

  2. #
    Blog is the New Black — January 20, 2012 @ 6:48 am

    Ummmm, yes please!

  3. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — January 20, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    This looks amazing! I love garlic and this is right up my alley!

  4. #
    Maureen — January 20, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    I hate moving. The last time we did it we paid the moving company to pack AND unpack and put away. It cost a fortune so I wouldn’t do it again but then I hate moving.

    Now, if I had this soup to eat with its gorgeous onions and roasted garlic I think I could persuade myself to help YOU move. 🙂

    It looks delicious!

  5. #
    Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb — January 20, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    7 days?! sounds like lots of stress, al the best for that then. =I
    Lovely garlic soup recipe, I have bookmarked it and I hope to try it out soon. thx for sharing and have anice weekend!

  6. #
    Bev Weidner — January 20, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    GIRL yes. That soup (and 13 bottles of wine) would ease the pain for me too.

  7. #
    Deborah — January 20, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    I’m in the unpacking part of moving and feeling totally overwhelmed. Moving is not fun – and I feel for you!! And this soup? A little bit of heaven!! (and sorry I asked you to do the blogger spotlight amidst craziness!!)

  8. #
    sangeeta khanna — January 20, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    This is such a flavorful yummy soup. I love garlic and would like to make it for myself. Till now garlic flavors my lentil soups heavily 🙂

  9. #
    Katie @ Epicurean Mom — January 20, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

    Ugh! I hate moving!! We lost our home in the last California wildfire and have moved 4 times in 2 years! I feel your pain Cassie!! I think you need to open the Merlot BEFORE you’re unpacked! 😉

    Love this recipe! I love thyme, my fave spice! I use it in most dishes!

  10. #
    Courtney — January 20, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

    I think garlic soup heals everything! I need this!

  11. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — January 20, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

    Movie sucks, but you seem to be handling it gracefully 🙂 And I want to take a bath in that soup. Just sayin’

  12. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — January 20, 2012 @ 6:14 pm

    umm, this sound fabulous. i can’t wait to try it. happy packing!

  13. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — January 20, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

    I hate moving. I have to move in June/July and I’m already dreading it. I get severe anxiety about 3 months prior to moving. I think about all that has to go in boxes and HOW it’s all going to go in the boxes cause I literally have SO.MUCH.STUFF. Like, I don’t even want to think about the kitchen. *sigh* good luck, cassie <3 i'm sure your house smelled AMAZING during and after this soup! looks awesome!

  14. #
    Ann — January 20, 2012 @ 8:43 pm

    I LOVE moving! Being a military child, military member and then military spouse – you’ve either got to love moving, or you’d go crazy! Now honey bunny is retired and I’ve lived in the same place for 12 years! An all time record for me! To me, it’s the ultimate clean-your-closet day!

    The soup looks amazing! I love the color and the splash of oil in it!

  15. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — January 20, 2012 @ 11:29 pm

    Ugh… wish I could help. I’m with Bev, this soup and wine will definitely ease the pain!

  16. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — January 21, 2012 @ 1:39 am

    Ohhh already 7 days left? I love moving and organizing everything… I wish I live near you so that I can take care of your packing and unpacking (and please make me this delicious soup! 😉 ). Good luck with the move…meanwhile I’d love to try making your delicious soup.

  17. #
    Ramona — January 21, 2012 @ 6:30 am

    Wow.. I love garlic and this soup sounds heavenly. Roasted garlic is awesome because it’s so sweet and yummy. Well done! Best of luck with the move. I hate the packing, but I love the unpacking and reorganizing part. All the best to you and your hubby in your new home!! Have a great weekend! Ramona 🙂

  18. #
    Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats — January 21, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    I’m hoping & praying to be moving in a few months. I’ve been hoarding boxes just in case…which is making my office look like a disaster!

    Just take it one box at a time though!!

  19. #
    Jen @ pretty plate — January 21, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

    Garlic soup?! I’ve never heard of such a thing. Sounds delicious!
    Good luck with the move!!

    : ))

  20. #
    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — January 21, 2012 @ 10:31 pm

    It’s amazing what the smell of roasted garlic can do for someone’s soul! I’ll be praying that your move goes smoothly and that you’ll be enjoying that glass or Merlot soon!

  21. #
    Autumn@Good Eats Girl — January 22, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    I hate, hate, hate moving! It’s not fun at all!

    This soup sounds seriously amazing!

  22. #
    Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} — January 22, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    hope you’ll recover your sanity soon, i’m pretty sure the bottle of wine will help the healing 🙂
    great soup, love garlic!

  23. #
    Winnie — January 22, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

    I love roasted garlic soup!! Moving sounds stressful- best of luck to you 🙂

  24. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — January 22, 2012 @ 6:55 pm

    This sounds amazing! I love garlic so much and it is so good when it is sweetened by roasting! I can’t wait to make this on a cold day. And your photos are beautiful.

  25. #
    Krissy @ Krissy's Creations — January 23, 2012 @ 1:35 am

    Ughh why can’t I have this soup right now! Do you have leftovers? Can I come over for a big bowl? 🙂

  26. #
    Kim Bee — January 23, 2012 @ 1:53 am

    Aw, I wished I lived closer so I could help. I love your soup Cassie and you know I am not a soup gal. But this is fantastic.

  27. #
    Liz — January 23, 2012 @ 5:59 am

    Wow, roasted garlic soup sounds amazing, Cassie! And you’ve photographed it so well…hard to do! Hope the move goes well…it would be nice if we have a dry AND mild streak just for you 🙂

  28. #
    Brenna — January 23, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

    You know, for a lady on the move, your photos look pretty darn put together! And the soup looks wonderful. I’m excited for you to be on my side of town!

  29. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — January 23, 2012 @ 8:40 pm

    That is a lovely bowl of soup and I can imagine the taste is out of this world!

  30. #
    amy @ fearlesshomemaker — January 25, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

    this look awesome, cassie! not only does it look delicious, but the pictures turned out oh-so-pretty, too. =) good luck on your move!

  31. #
    Michelle — January 28, 2012 @ 6:49 am

    This soup sounds absolutely fabulous. I love roasted garlic but have never turned it into a creamy, warm soup. Yum!

  32. #
    marla — January 31, 2012 @ 7:07 am

    Such an elegant soup! One I must try 🙂


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