This recipe came from the cook book I found in our second cabin in Manzanita. It's called 'Sweet Basil, Garlic, Tomatoes and Chive's' (Shaw 1992), I ordered it the second we got home because I made this soup twice while in Manzanita and once since we've been home. This one is sure to be a staple in our house when it gets cold and the benefits of garlic are a mile long, I'll share some of those benefits at the bottom of the recipe.
(I double this recipe when making it for two)
2 c. water (I use vegetable stock or broth)
6 cloves of garlic
2 fresh sage leaves, minced
2 t. good olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
*optional* I use fresh tomatoes pureed (equaling about a cup or more), and then add to the mixture.
1. Bring the water (or broth) to a boil along with the garlic, and simmer until the garlic is soft, about another 20 minutes. Add the sage and keep simmering about another 20 minutes.
2. Turn off heat, spoon out the garlic and smash on cutting board with the back of a knife, if you have a mortar and pestle that would work great. Mash the garlic with the olive oil, grinding it into a paste.
3. Stir the garlic paste back into the broth. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot.
*Variations* For a richer soup grind 2 T. of grated Parmesan cheese into the mashed garlic along with the olive oil in step 2. And/or grind a raw egg yolk into the garlic along with the olive oil. And/or at step 3 add 2 ounces angel hair pasta (I used quinoa pasta in mine) with the garlic paste, and cook until done. ENJOY!
*GARLIC, has a long history of use as an infection fighter. In fact it has been referred to as the 'Russian Penicillin' to denote it's antibacterial properties. It's antimicrobial activity is due to allicin. Allicin has been shown to be affective not only against common infections, such as colds, flu, stomach viruses and Candida yeast, but also against powerful pathogenic microbes, including tuberculosis and botulism. The beneficial effects of garlic are clearly quite extensive. Its use as a food should be encouraged, despite its odor, especially by those with elevated cholesterol levels, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, Candida infections, asthma, infections (particularly respiratory infections), and gastrointestinal complaints. For best flavor and health benefits, buy fresh garlic.