Roasted Garlic Potato Soup

roasted garlic and potato soup

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Remember a few weeks ago when I made Roasted Garlic?  Well, I had always wondered what garlic soup would taste like so I decided to give it a try.  After looking at many recipes I decided to try a garlic and potato soup with a rosemary pesto.  I mixed and matched ingredients to create this smooth, delicious soup.  The potatoes simmer in the broth alongside the garlic and onions. Once pureed add the milk, cream if you feel decadent, and heat the soup up. Swirl the rosemary walnut pesto in the middle.

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Roasted Garlic Potato SOup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

4 servings

Recipe for a smooth, velvety Roasted Garlic Potato Soup swirled with a Rosemary Walnut Pesto.

Ingredients

1 head garlic
1 tsp olive oil
1 Tbs butter
1 large shallot, chopped
3 cups chicken stock
1 lb. red potatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 cup milk (low fat would work fine)

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400°F. Slice the top off your garlic and place on a piece of foil. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt. Wrap foil up around it and place on a baking sheet. Roast for 30 minutes, or until the cloves are very soft. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.??
  2. Melt the butter and olive in in the bottom of a saucepan. Add shallots to the saucepan and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent (about 5 minutes).
  3. ??Add the stock and potatoes. Squeeze half the garlic cloves out of their skins and into the soup. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft. ??
  4. Puree using an immersion blender or in a food processor. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour in milk and simmer until heated through. Ladle into bowls and swirl with the Rosemary Pesto.
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Rosemary Walnut Pesto

Ingredients

1 head garlic
1 tsp olive oil
1 Tbs butter
1 large shallot, chopped
3 cups chicken stock
1 lb. red potatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 cup milk (low fat would work fine)

Instructions

  1. Add all of the above ingredients except the olive oil into a food processor. Turn on food processor, and slowly add the olive oil. Blend until smooth and creamy.
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