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By Karin Calloway
Some people love garlic, others don’t. But few would pass on a creamy bowl of this delicious Garlic Soup. Yes, two cups of garlic is a lot. But the flavor of the garlic mellows as it simmers with leeks, onion and chicken broth. A bouquet garni (a little bunch of parsley stems, thyme and bay leaves tied together with butcher’s twine) gives the soup an herbal aroma and the surprising addition of French bread thickens the soup nicely. While the recipe calls for a cup of whipping cream or half and half, the dairy products can be omitted completely for a lighter version.
If your supermarket sells jars of peeled garlic cloves, this is a great place to use them. The purchase will save you the step of peeling seven or eight bulbs of fresh garlic. Serve the soup as a first course for a French menu or with a tossed salad and crusty bread for lunch or supper.
Remove the bouquet garni and puree soup with an immersion blender until smooth. Add the cream and heat to boiling. Stir in the parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Makes 6-8 servings.