Thickened by mashed potatoes, this rich soup gets its hearty, smoky flavor from the addition of bacon and garlic.
5 whole garlic heads
2 bacon slices, diced
1 cup diced onion
1 cup diced carrot
2 garlic cloves, minced
6 cups diced baking potato (about 2 pounds)
4 cups low-salt chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 bay leaf
1 cup 2% low-fat milk
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
How to Make It
Remove white papery skin from each garlic head (do not peel or separate cloves). Wrap each head separately in aluminum foil. Bake at 350° for 1 hour; let cool for 10 minutes. Separate cloves, and squeeze to extract 1/4 cup of garlic pulp; discard the skins.
Cook bacon in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until crisp. Add onion, carrot, and minced garlic, and sauté 5 minutes. Add potato, broth, salt, pepper, and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until potato is tender; remove bay leaf.
Combine garlic pulp and 2 cups potato mixture in a blender or food processor, and process until smooth. Return purée to pan; stir in milk, and cook over low heat until thoroughly heated. Remove from heat, and stir in chopped parsley.
Love the flavor of this soup. Roasting garlic makes it mild and sweet. Definitely use the 5 whole heads, it is not overpowering. I had to add a cornstarch slurry at the end to thicken it more. Will make again.
I was a little surprised to find it a bit bland, added cumin to it and that made it more flavorful. I did use turkey bacon which I think may have been my mistake, next time will make it with "real" bacon, probably a smokey type. Husband loved it as is.
This recipe was good, not great. It took quite a bit of preparation and didn't seem worth the return. I liked that it was a healthier options for a potato and bacon soup; no half and half or butter. I'm going to continue on my search for a potato bacon soup recipe this one just didn't quite make the mark.
Good, not great. I'm a huge fan of garlic, but I learned with this recipe that I don't like it as a stand alone spice. For my personal tastes I would definitely add cumin or some other spice for flavor. I served toasted garlic/cheese bread on the side. It was a must.
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