Thursday, April 29, 2010
Green Garlic Soup
It's spring! Well, I guess technically it's been spring for awhile, but now I know for certain that it's spring. Wanna know how I know? This soup, that's how! Many people know it's spring when the asparagus first appears in the market, or when the daffodils begin to bloom. For me, I know it's spring when I've made the first batch of green garlic soup.
This recipe came about completely by accident the first year I became a member of our CSA. We got this beautiful bunch of (what I thought were) leeks, and I found a great recipe in Cooking Light for Cream of Leek soup, and proceeded to make it. Only then did I discover that what I thought were leeks was actually green garlic. But no matter, we loved the soup, and I look forward to it every spring when we have the abundance of green garlic from the CSA
Green Garlic Soup
adapted from Cooking Light
3 Cups Green Garlic, Cleaned and Sliced
2 Cups Broth, Veggie or Chicken
1 tsp Fresh Thyme (or Rosemary)
1 Tbsp Flour
2 Cups Milk (I use 1%)
Dash of Ground Nutmeg
2 tsp. Butter
1/2 tsp. Grated Lemon Zest (optional, but gives a nice pop to the soup)
Put the sliced green garlic in a medium sauce pan with the broth and thyme (or rosemary). Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for about 10 minutes until the garlic is soft. Remove the garlic to a food processor with a slotted spoon. Process until smooth, adding cooking liquid as needed to get a nice smooth consistency. Set aside.
In another pot (or the one you just used, rinsed out), whisk together the flour and the milk. Add the pureed green garlic and the nutmeg (and any leftover cooking liquid from the garlic if the soup seems too thick). Bring it to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and lemon zest, if using.
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