Garlic Soup

Homemade garlic soup is the perfect dish to make when you are starting to feel run down. After all, garlic is nature's antibiotic! Two whole heads of garlic are used for this recipe. Though this seems like a recipe for garlic overload, don't fear. Once it is cooked down, the garlic is not quite as powerful.

Colombe incorporates fresh herbs such as sage, parsley, thyme, which adds a lot of flavor. Crunchy celery also acts as a flavor booster in this garlic soup. Don't forget a pinch of saffron to add a nice depth to your broth. You will put everything in a pot, and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes. You will be ready for the next step in this garlic soup recipe when the garlic cloves are nice and soft.

Next, you will smash the garlic cloves against the side of your pot to incorporate them into the garlic soup. After that, grab a strainer and strain your soup broth, discarding the herbs. Now you will be adding all of your greens, including watercress, kale, and spinach which are a great source of dietary fiber. Stir and watch them wilt beautifully. Up next is adding pre-cooked pasta shells. Colombe suggests brown rice pasta shells, but you can use whatever kind you like or happen to have on hand.

Once you are ready to serve your garlic soup, give each bowl a quick grate of Parmesan cheese as well as some sea salt and parsley.

 

 

Ingredients
  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 thyme branches
  • 1 cup watercress
  • 1 cup spinach
  • pre-cooked brown rice pasta (2 cups dry)
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 2 heads garlic, peeled
  • 8 parsley branches
  • 10 large sage leaves
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Parmesan cheese, grated
Method
In a large soup pot, add garlic, celery, parsley branches, sage, thyme, the bay leaf and saffron. Cover with 2 quarts of water, bring to a boil and simmer for 30-45 minutes, or until the garlic cloves are soft. (While the soup is cooking prepare the pasta in a separate pot if using). Smash the garlic with the back of a spoon, allowing it to disintegrate into the broth. Next strain the liquid into another pot and add one cup each of watercress, kale and spinach. When the greens start to wilt, add pre-cooked pasta shells. Season with sea salt to taste. To serve, finish with fresh chopped parsley, Parmesan cheese and fresh ground pepper if desired. Serves 4
Duration: 02:20. Last Updated On: 2015-10-08

Difficulty: Easy

Nutrition Information

Recipe Serves 4
Nutrition Information Based on a Single Serving
Amount Per Serving% Daily Value*
Calories
245
12.25% Complete
12%
Fat
2g
3.07692307692% Complete
3%
Cholesterol
1mg
0.333333333333% Complete
0%
Sodium
634mg
27.5652173913% Complete
28%
Carbohydrates
49g
37.984496124% Complete
38%
Fiber
4g
16.0% Complete
16%
Sugar
1g
2.0% Complete
2%
Protein
7g
13.7254901961% Complete
14%
*Percent Daily Value are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Dietary Needs

Gluten Free
Gluten Free
Lower Cholesterol
Lower Cholesterol
Vegetarian
Vegetarian
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