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French Garlic Soup

An incredibly tasty dish with that irresistible roast garlic flavour. This one will keep your house safe from vampires for a year at least.

Posted by: kim
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Cuisine

French

Time

30 - 60 mins

Skill Level

Confident

Serves

4

Courses etc.

Starters

You will need

IngredientAdd
4 garlic bulbs     More products
1-2 tablespoons of flour More products
1 litre stock More products
Noodles More products
Thyme and other herbs of your choice More products
Garlic or crusty bread

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Method

  • Start with the garlic bulbs. Leaving the skin on, cut each whole bulb in half so that all the cloves inside are sliced in half too. Pour enough olive oil to generously cover the base of a baking tray that the bulbs will fit onto. Place the bulbs on the tray so that the exposed cloves are face down on the oil, and bake for around half an hour at 180-200 degrees.
  • Remove from the oven when the garlic is soft throughout and nicely browned. When ready, you'll be able to lift the top halves of each garlic head like a hat, the bottom half is harder to pick up but can be done like this too. Free any remaining half-cloves with a knife.
  • Place all the garlic cloves in large pot. Mop the oil remaining in the dish with the flour. It is infused with delicious garlic flavour and would be a pity to waste. Place oil, garlic and flour in the pot and mash with a potato ricer. When the flour is thoroughly mixed with the oil, and not before, turn the heat on and fry for a minute.
  • Add 1 litre/ 1 quart hot water or stock. It is imperative that you have a smooth oil-garlic-flour mixture before doing so, as it is the basis of the soup's thick consistency. If you miss this step you'll end up with a floury and very thin soup.
  • Flavour with a few herbs such as fresh thyme and simmer for 20 minutes or so.
  • Break the thinnest noodles you can find into little pieces and add them to the soup. Simmer just enough for the noodles to be cooked.
  • Finally, season with salt and pepper and add a pinch of freshly cut parsley. Serve with toasted garlic bread.

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