it’s so cold out! i finally took my big poofy heavy winter coat out of hibernation this week, and as much as i love that coat, putting it on really sucked. it just means that there’s lots more cold to come.
but at least i had this amazing roasted garlic soup to warm me up. it’s so simple, with just a few ingredients that most of us have lying around already, and it’s thick, creamy, and smooth – just what you need on a cold day. it tastes distinctly of roasted garlic – full of garlicky spice, but the flavor is mellowed and slightly sweet, with a touch of earthiness from the thyme. this is definitely a soup that i will be throwing together on many a winter day.
- about 45 garlic cloves (2-3 bulbs, depending on size), unpeeled, divided
- 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 2 medium yellow onions, sliced
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- ½ cup heavy cream (or milk)
- salt and pepper
- preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- take 25-30 of the garlic cloves - they should be separated from each other but not peeled - and place them on a sheet of aluminum foil. drizzle 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over them, and add a pinch of salt and pepper. wrap them up in the foil so that you have a closed pouch, and put the pouch in the oven. let the garlic roast for about 45 minutes, then take it out and let it cool.
- when the roasted garlic is cool enough to handle, remove the garlic from its skins. meanwhile, peel the rest of the garlic. set both types of garlic aside.
- in a large pot, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. add the onions and thyme and cook, stirring, until the onions are completely soft and translucent - this can take anywhere from 10-20 minutes. add both types of garlic and continue cooking for another 5 minutes.
- add the vegetable stock, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for about 20 minutes.
- remove the soup from the heat and blend it, either with an immersion blender or by placing it in a regular blender in batches. once it is completely smooth, add the cream and stir to combine. add salt and pepper to taste.