Potato Garlic Soup

You would not believe that the next superfood featured in the South Arm Cooking Club for Seniors is garlic.

The benefits of garlic extracted from webmd include:

  • boosting immune system
  • anti-viral, antibacterial, antifungal
  • high level of Vitamin C
  • cancer prevention: for example, National Cancer Institute study found that 2 teaspoons of garlic, onions or chives a day was associated with lower risk of prostate cancer

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This Potato Garlic Soup does have a strong garlic flavour. It is a creamy and thick soup.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth or more
  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 6 large garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped chives for garnishing
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme or 3/4 teaspoon dried
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Source: adapted from epicurious.com


Instructions

Potato-Garlic-Soup-3Heat oil in a heavy large saucepan over medium heat.

Add onion and saute for 10 minutes, until golden.

Potato-Garlic-Soup-4Add potatoes.
Potato-Garlic-Soup-5Add broth, garlic and bay leaf and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until potatoes are very tender, about 20 minutes.Cool slightly, discard bay leaf.

Potato-Garlic-Soup-7Use a hand blender to puree.

Return soup to pot, season with salt and pepper and herbs.

You may adjust the thickness of the soup to your preference by adding more broth.

Serve hot and garnish with chopped chives.

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