Leek and Garlic Soup

recipe
Leeks perform two functions in this dish: The dark green leaves infuse the broth with a more pronounced flavor, and sliced leek lends the soup a supple texture. Grill a sandwich made with Brie or your favorite soft, ripe cheese to round out the menu.

Yield:

6 servings

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 96
Caloriesfromfat 25 %
Fat 2.7 g
Satfat 0.3 g
Monofat 1.7 g
Polyfat 0.3 g
Protein 2 g
Carbohydrate 16.1 g
Fiber 1.4 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 1.5 mg
Sodium 451 mg
Calcium 49 mg

Ingredients

1 whole garlic head
6 parsley sprigs
4 thyme sprigs
2 (4-inch) green leek leaves
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cups thinly sliced leek (about 3 large)
2 cups (1-inch) cubed crusty bread (about 2 ounces)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh garlic
4 cups organic vegetable broth (such as Swanson Certified Organic)
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Remove white papery skin from garlic head (do not peel or separate the cloves). Wrap head in foil. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes; cool 10 minutes. Separate cloves; squeeze to extract garlic pulp. Discard skins.

3. Place parsley, thyme, leek leaves, and bay leaf on cheesecloth. Gather edges of cheesecloth together; tie securely.

4. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add sliced leek to pan; cook 7 minutes or until wilted, stirring occasionally. Stir in bread and chopped raw garlic; cook 2 minutes. Add herb bundle, broth, and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally; discard herb bundle.

5. Place half of leek mixture and half of roasted garlic pulp in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining leek mixture and roasted garlic pulp. Ladle about 2/3 cup soup into each of 6 bowls; sprinkle each serving with 2 teaspoons chives.

Note:

Laura Zapalowski,

March 2008
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