Antioxidant-Rich Roasted Garlic Soup
There are a few phrases that are consistently said in my kitchen. One of the most common is "there can never be too much garlic." If you and your taste buds are like minded, this garlic soup recipe is for you. An astonishing 50 cloves of garlic are roasted until tender and sweet and pureed to create a rich, creamy soup that is a garlic lover's dream.
Garlic is grown all over the world and is used in most types of cuisines, from Indian to Italian to American. Not only is garlic a versatile and flavorful cooking ingredient but, due to its powerful antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, is also touted by health experts and nutritionists as a super food.
"Garlic has the broadest spectrum of any antimicrobial substance known to man," explains Erin Kinney, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. "It also stimulates the body's natural defenses against unwanted invaders. In addition to its benefits for the immune system, it has the added bonus of reducing cholesterol and preventing atherosclerosis."
Those benefits become exponentially greater the more garlic you eat. Some studies recommend eating up to ten cloves per day to take maximum advantage of these health benefits, which may seem daunting when you're cooking with just a few cloves here or there.
An easy way to significantly boost your garlic intake is by roasting it. Roasted garlic bears little resemblance to the intensely pungent flavor of raw garlic. Once roasted, it takes on a lovely mellow flavor that is sweet, earthy and creamy. Try smearing it on bread with a drizzle of olive oil for a delicious and healthful alternative to butter. Or try this indulgent, rustic garlic soup recipe that effortlessly incorporates an astounding 50 antioxidant-packed cloves.
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