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.

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).


Mia G
Past Member about a year ago

thank you

William C
William C2 years ago

Thank you.

W. C
W. C2 years ago


Alan Lambert
Alan Lambert5 years ago

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

Jane H.
Jane H5 years ago

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

Annett E.
Annett Ehrlich6 years ago

I love the garlic spinach soup, so yummy!

Shanti S.
S S6 years ago

Thank you.

Kay M.
Kay M6 years ago

yummy yum!

Lynn Demsky
Lynn D6 years ago

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

Tanya W.
Tanya W6 years ago

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