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40 Clove Garlic Soup and Parmesan Croutons

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They say that sharing is caring. Sharing colds though? Not so caring. In Ben’s and my case, he got sick right after new years, then oh-so-lovingly passed it on to me. And two weeks later that dang cold is still hanging on for dear life. He’s just now coming around to kissing me again. Two weeks without a kiss from your husband – torturous. (Especially when he’s got a full on mountain man beard going. Beards are hot, period.)

But now, thankfully, I have a cure all for any cold out there in the form of this 40 Clove Garlic Soup. It’s also a one-two punch for repelling sparkly brooding vampires from Forks, too.

Finally this wicked cold is making its final exit and I am slurping up this soup not just for its cold curing compounds but because it is –

Just. So. Dayuuumm. Gooood.

40 Clove Garlic Soup -

Oh, are you still reeling from my mention of 40 cloves of garlic in this soup? Just sit back and let it sink in.

Yes, I did say FORTY cloves. Remember yesterday when I mentioned that you HAD to come back today to see what I was doing with all that roasted garlic I showed you how to make for How To Tuesday, this was it.

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The roasted garlic has a mellow and slightly sweetened flavor that is just buttery and incredible – unlike it’s abrupt and pungent raw counterpart.

And with the healing mystical powers of garlic behind this soup , it is just the ticket to clearing up your cold warming you from the inside out.

Let’s just not even get me started on the slightly spicy parmesan crusted croutons on top of this soup. I’m pretty sure the best part of making soup is having a ginormous slice of ultra crusty bread served right next to it – just so you can swirl it around in the soup and clean the bowl in one fell swoop. It’s the classier alternative to just licking the bowl.

These croutons soak up obscene amounts of soup and just melt like buttah. Toss big ol’ hunks of bread in a little olive oil, a whole lotta spice s and a sprinkling of parmesan and toast them crostini style in a saute pan – your life is now officially made.

40 Clove Garlic Soup -

Enjoy this soup with someone you love – because then if you both suffer from garlic breath it’ll cancel each other out and you can make out all you want without offending one another. Just trying to help here. No? Sorry, I tried.

We are now mid-way through Soup Week – so stop by and visit the rest of the girls for the Soup Week Shenanigans and even catch a great Le Creuset giveaway from Katie of Hill Country Cook!

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Madeline of Munching in the Mitten: Garbage Soup
Mads of La Petite Pancake: Gnocci Pesto Soup 


Lauren of Climbing Grier Mountain: Sunchoke Soup with Gorgonzola and Honey Crostini

Megan of Wanna Be A Country Cleaver: 40 Clove Garlic Chicken Soup with Parmesan Croutons


Monica of The GromMom: Coconut Curry with a lot of Aloha
Carrie of Bakeaholic Mama: Beef Bourguignon


Kat of Tenaciously Yours: Eat Live Run’s White Chicken Chili
Allison of Decadent Philistines: Arizona Mountain Soup with Cornbread


Anne of My Sweet Heart: Pink Prosecco Soup

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40 Clove Garlic Soup with Parmesan Croutons

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 40 Minutes

Cook Time: 30 Minutes

Total Time: 70 Minutes

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1 onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup Olive Oil, divided
1 tbsp Thyme, minced
4 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
30 cloves Garlic, roasted
10 cloves Garlic, raw and peeled
1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
¼ cup White Wine
½ cup Heavy Cream
4 slices of Lemon
Salt and Pepper
Parmesan Croutons:
4 thick slices French Bread
2-3 Tbsp Olive Oil
½ tsp Italian Seasoning
¼ cup Parmesan Cheese, shredded
½ tsp Red Pepper Flake


To roast garlic - preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice off ½" of top of heads of garlic. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Roast in oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, and allow to cool. Squeeze cloves of garlic to extract garlic meat from the skin of the cloves. Set roasted garlic aside.
In large sauce pot or dutch oven, heat over medium high heat. Add in remaining olive oil. When oil is hot add in thinly sliced onion. Add in onion and stir until it becomes translucent about 5-minutes. Add in thyme and stir. Pour in chicken broth, roasted garlic and raw garlic. Bring to steady simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes or until raw garlic is very soft. In small portions, pour soup into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour smooth soup into a large bowl and repeat until all soup has been blended. Add back into the soup pan and continue to simmer. Add in salt and pepper to taste. Steadily pour in heavy cream and stir to combine.

For Croutons:
Toss large chunks of bread with olive oil and spices. In a pan over medium high heat toast chunks of bread until they become golden brown. Remove from pan and toss with parmesan cheese. Serve over soup.

Ladle soup into bowl and top with croutons and spritz with lemon juice. Serve immediately.

Slightly adapted from Smitten Kitchen 44 Clove Garlic Soup

40 Clove Garlic Soup with Parmesan Croutons


49 Responses to “40 Clove Garlic Soup and Parmesan Croutons”

  1. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — January 23, 2013 @ 4:35 am

    Megan this looks amazing! What a great use of all that roasted garlic.

  2. #
    Kathryn — January 23, 2013 @ 5:35 am

    I want a giant bowl of this soup SO MUCH.

  3. #
    Andrea @ From Florida to North Dakota — January 23, 2013 @ 5:50 am

    This looks and sounds beyond good! I’ll be sharing this with others and making it!

  4. #
    Jessica L. @ The Lamppost — January 23, 2013 @ 5:53 am

    Girl, this looks AMAZING! I feel like I’m starting to come down wtih something too, so this may have to be on my to-make list this weekend!

  5. #
    Cookin Canuck — January 23, 2013 @ 6:01 am

    Gorgeous! What a great way to ward off colds. Glad to hear you’re finally on the mend!

  6. #
    Tanya — January 23, 2013 @ 6:22 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I fell in love with garlic soup when I went to Solvakia 5 years ago, and I haven’t been able to have it since. I can’t wait to make this. Now, I just need to find a good sourdough bread bowl recipe, and I can relive my trip. Thanks!

  7. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — January 23, 2013 @ 6:51 am

    Oh, yes! Definitely going to need a big ol’ spoon! This looks AH-mazing, Megan!

  8. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — January 23, 2013 @ 7:04 am

    PERFECT use of your garlic how to! Plus its’ -120842084 degrees out so this is perfect.

  9. #
    Kirsten — January 23, 2013 @ 7:13 am

    Would it be weird if I just saved time snaffing and just took a bath in this soup? Sounds incredible, Megan!

  10. #
    Katie @ The Hill Country Cook — January 23, 2013 @ 7:58 am

    AND I LOVE THAT SPOON!!! I really want to try this! I love garlic and this is a whole ‘nother level!

  11. #
    katie — January 23, 2013 @ 9:06 am

    Awe stinks that your hubby has been sick. This soup looks great and definitely a cure for the common cold and vampire! 😉

  12. #
    Heidi @foodiecrush — January 23, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    Looks like I”m going to have to make the rounds on the soup circuit. So glad I’m starting with yours. Love garlic. Beards, not so much.

  13. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — January 23, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    When I was pregnant I got sick once and it was awful. After that I ate roasted garlic almost every day and I swear it work, I never got sick after that. Serious immunity powers. This soup looks like pure perfection.

  14. #
    Mads — January 23, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    There’s probably nothing I love more than garlic, except maybe roasted garlic. This soup is soup for the soul. I’m glad Ben’s feeling better! Jonathan has a major cold right now, so we’re going through the same thing.

  15. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — January 23, 2013 @ 10:16 am

    omg..I love roasted garlic!I bet this soup is so sure it’ll ward off kisses though! 😛 I can’t wait to try it!

  16. #
    DessertForTwo — January 23, 2013 @ 11:13 am

    I must make this. Immediately. I want it in my face!

  17. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — January 23, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

    I seriously want to dive into this head first because omg I love garlic and those croutons just look flat out amaaaaazing.

  18. #
    Stephanie@PlainChicken — January 23, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

    Looks delicious! I LOVE garlic. I think I might make this Friday – we are suppose to have freezing rain. This would be the perfect way to warm up.

  19. #
    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — January 23, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

    Looks amazing Megan! I bet it would keep away vampires too!! 🙂 I wish I had a bowl of this right now. It’s fafafafafreezing on this side of the mountains.

  20. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — January 23, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

    i must make this ASAP!! i loooove garlic and 40 cloves of it? dear god, that is heaven!

  21. #
    monica — January 23, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    Oh I love garlic

  22. #
    monica — January 23, 2013 @ 3:59 pm

    haha–I didn’t mean to press send…but I guess that was all I wanted to say.
    I love garlic.
    I do.
    And this soup looks amazing. And so comforting! Yes…
    thanks! :ALOHA

  23. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — January 23, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

    Yes!! I made a roasted garlic soup last year and it was so good. I can’t imagine how amazing this is!

  24. #
    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — January 23, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

    Oh Megan…I can smell it from here! It looks beautiful! But be sure you eat it at the same time….you know….for kissing’s sake! And those croutons…I’ll eat a bag of those alone…like they were popcorn! Beautiful! : )

  25. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — January 23, 2013 @ 6:02 pm

    40 cloves? BRING IT!

  26. #
    Jessica — January 23, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

    I need to try this ASAP. PS I love the photos!!

  27. #
    Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry — January 23, 2013 @ 7:15 pm

    40 cloves of garlic? I dont know if this is exactly date night material but it sure is winter night material. Yummy!

  28. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — January 23, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

    I can’t even tell you how much I love this!

  29. #
    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — January 23, 2013 @ 9:36 pm

    This just looks perfect!

  30. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — January 23, 2013 @ 9:37 pm

    Wow, 40 cloves is insane..but good! I tried the beard route but it makes me scratch like a crazy man!! Kudos to the hubby…

  31. #
    Simply Sweet Justice — January 23, 2013 @ 10:37 pm

    Wow, this sounds so good! I’ve heard of 50 Garlic Clove Chicken, and this sounds even yummier. 🙂

  32. #
    Kristen — January 24, 2013 @ 8:21 am

    Holy cow girl, that looks amazing! Wow!!

  33. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — January 24, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    I need to figure out a way for my entire body to fit inside this bowl.

  34. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — January 24, 2013 @ 10:48 am

    That is one lovely soup, Megan! Absolutely the best antidote for a rough winter cold! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  35. #
    val — January 24, 2013 @ 11:22 am

    I have to take a moment of silence her and just stare at this deliciousness.

  36. #
    Baking Serendipity — January 24, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

    My husband is sick now, and I’m seriously worried that I’ll get it too. Except, at least I have this soup to fall back on just in case 🙂

  37. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — January 25, 2013 @ 4:49 am

    This soup is amazing especially for a garlic lover like me! This is perfect for the frigid days we have been having here in NY!

  38. #
    Tiffany — January 26, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

    Yes yes yes! I have been wanting to try a great garlic soup. Found it!

  39. #
    Linda | The Urban Mrs — January 28, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

    OMG – I’m in love with this already. I’d definitely have this…in sickness and in health, lol. 🙂 Yum! Glad to hear him feeling better now.

  40. #
    Chelsea — February 19, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

    I’m making this tonight! Question though, when do I add the white wine? I Dont see it in the directions. Maybe Im just supposed to drink it while I’m cooking?

  41. #
    Randolph Bowne — April 25, 2013 @ 10:50 pm

    Garlic is easy to grow and can be grown year-round in mild climates. While sexual propagation of garlic is indeed possible, nearly all of the garlic in cultivation is propagated asexually, by planting individual cloves in the ground.;’

    <Most recently released short article from our own blog site *-::;"

  42. #
    Whitney — December 15, 2014 @ 2:05 am

    …yep, this is happening tomorrow.

  43. #
    Susan — September 14, 2015 @ 4:46 pm

    I just finished making this soup and it’s delicious! But when do you add the white wine?

  44. #
    Chicken and Dumplings Recipe — March 28, 2016 @ 1:23 am

    I have been wanting to try a great garlic soup


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