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Ten Mothers Garlic and Spinach Soup

Ten Mothers Garlic and Spinach Soup

This delicious broth, redolent with garlic and enriched with the vitamins and minerals of fresh spinach, takes its name from an old folk saying that garlic is as good as ten mothers.

This soup is not only tasty and nourishing, it makes a comforting remedy for winter sniffles and sneezes.

2 heads garlic
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
5 cups good-quality vegetable broth
4 cups chopped fresh spinach leaves, tough stems discarded.

Preheat oven to 425.

Remove the outer papery covering of the garlic. Slice off the top of each head so most of the cloves are exposed. Place on a square of aluminum foil for easy cleanup, or select the smallest baking dish you have. Drizzle 1 teaspoon oil over each head. Fold the foil over the garlic to completely enclose it, or cover the baking dish with foil.

Roast for about 45 minutes, until the garlic is completely soft and lightly browned.

When cool enough to handle, squeeze the garlic pulp into a medium-sized saucepan. Add the broth and stir well to combine. Simmer for 15 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.

Just before serving, stir in the spinach and simmer until wilted, about 4 minutes. Stir vigorously (the garlic has tendency to settle out.)

Serve hot.

Serves 2 to 4.

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Adapted from The Roasted Vegetable, by Andrea Chesman (Harvard Common Press, 2002). Copyright (c) 2002 by Andrea Chesman. Reprinted by permission of Harvard Common Press.
Adapted from The Roasted Vegetable, by Andrea Chesman (Harvard Common Press, 2002).

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1:00PM PDT on Apr 6, 2014

Roasted Garlic, done whatever way you prefer is awesome. Forwarding

12:51PM PDT on Apr 6, 2014

Thank you---love garlic--uncooked is best!

2:23AM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

I love the garlic spinach soup, so yummy!

1:26AM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

Thank you.

5:57PM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

yummy yum!

2:04AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Thanks for great recipe, this one I will try really soon!

3:27AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Wow anything with that much garlic has to be good for you...

12:31AM PST on Feb 25, 2013

Thanks for the recipe Annie!

4:42PM PST on Feb 18, 2013

Ooh I love the garlicky one...

5:54AM PST on Feb 15, 2013

Yummy thanks.

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It is nice to get fresh homegrown produce when we can during the warm months. Thanks for information


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