ROASTED GARLIC SOUP WITH CARMELIZED SHALLOTS AND SAGE CROUTONS
Yield 2 servings
- 6 heads of garlic
- 4 TB Earth Balance
- 2 cups onion, chopped
- 2 tsp rubbed sage, divided
- 2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 cups Imagine Organic No-Chicken broth
- 2 cups of stale bread, (I used an italian loaf) cut into 1X1 inch pieces
- 4 shallots, sliced thinly into rings
- olive oil
- Separate the cloves from 5 heads of garlic. Do not peel. Place them in a medium-sized glass pyrex casserole dish and saturate well with plenty of olive oil.
- Cover with aluminum foil and place in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes. Remove the aluminum foil and give the garlic a good stir and bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes more. Let the garlic cool and then separate the garlic from the skins into a small bowl. Set aside.
- Take the remaining head of garlic—separate and peel. Cut each clove in half and then smash each one with the flat end of a knife. In a medium-sized stock pot, add 3 TB of Earth Balance over medium heat. Throw in the raw garlic and saute for 10 minutes, stirring frequently to ensure the garlic does not burn.
- Add in the onions, 1 tsp of the rubbed sage, thyme and salt and saute for 10 minutes more. Then add back in the roasted garlic and broth.
- Simmer for 20 minutes over medium heat, making sure that the soup does not come to a boil. Blend well in the pot, using an immersion blender. Reduce the heat and let sit over the lowest heat possible on your stovetop while you prepare the shallots and croutons.
- While the soup is simmering, make the caramelized shallots: heat 2 TB olive oil over medium-low heat and add in the shallots. Let them slowly get brown and only stir every 5 minutes or so. After about 20 minutes, they should be nicely caramelized.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Toss the bread cubes in 1 TB of melted Earth balance, 1 tsp of the rubbed sage, and a dash of salt and pepper. Bake on a cookie sheet for 10 minutes.
- To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and top with the caramelized shallots and croutons.
Recipe by Olives for Dinner at https://olivesfordinner.com/2011/02/roasted-garlic-soup-with-carmelized.html