Garlic Piperade Soup: Put those 80 cloves of garlic to good use!

Just imagine this bowl, hot and steamy, on your table tonight!

Just imagine this bowl, hot and steamy, on your table tonight!

This recipe–with its 80 cloves of garlic, blanched and then minced–should have made me blanche when I first ran across it in my worn copy of Jane Brody’s Good Food Book. But I didn’t blanche.  In fact, I did the opposite of blanche: I became intrigued, and instantly I was filled with a desire to make this soup more than anything else on earth. Well, almost.

I love garlic, and I love how good it is for me and my family, so I decided to give it a try, although I held my breath (literally) when I served it to my family. Garlic is a natural antibiotic and an antioxidant, after all, among other things, so of course I’m going to try to get as much of it as possible into those I care for, right? My family, dear and sweet as they all are, are not tremendously courageous when it comes to trying out new recipes, bless them. It must be a trial having me as the head cook, because I constantly want to try out new recipes.

This time, my family surprised me.

They absolutely loved this soup.  They still love this soup, after my preparing it for them countless times. Fall is the ideal time to make this soup, when my garden is still full of heirloom tomatoes and bell peppers of every color and the pantry is well stocked with my winter’s supply of fresh onions and garlic from the garden. I also love to make it in the winter, when I’ve run out of garden produce and am reduced to buying canned tomatoes and fresh peppers and all the rest, and when we are struggling with winter’s doses of colds and the flu. It’s delicious, and with all those nutritious vegetables, you just know that you’re building better health by the spoonful.

Here's a close-up to further tantalize you.

Here’s a close-up to further tantalize you!

Have I convinced you to try it, yet? Here’s the recipe:

5.0 from 3 reviews

Garlic Piperade Soup
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Recipe type: soup
Serves: 16
 
I quadrupled this recipe because I have a large family and we like second-day soup the best. But you can cut it down to half, or even a quarter, if you don’t want so much soup at once. It freezes well, too, though, so there’s that to consider!
Ingredients
  • 80 garlic cloves, blanched for 30 secs in boiling water, rinsed, peeled, and sliced.
  • 8 cups sliced onions
  • 4 cups sliced green peppers, or a combination of green and red or yellow
  • 6 T oil, preferably olive
  • 12 cups peeled, sliced ripe tomatoes (or use canned)
  • 8 cups beef broth (I’ve used deer bone broth, or chicken broth, and all are good)
  • sliced dark bread, cubed
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • grated Parmesan for garnish (optional, but so good!)
Instructions
  1. In a large sauce pan or stock pot, saute the onions and peppers in the oil until soft, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add garlic and tomatoes. Reduce heat, cover the pan, tightly simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Pour in the broth, heat the soup just to a boil. When serving, heap bread cubes on top of each bowl, grind fresh pepper, and sprinkle Parmesan cheese. Soo good!

This soup, with all of its chopping and sauteing, is really a great thing to make with a couple of friends or children in the kitchen with you!  Make it tonight and let me know how it turns out!

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17 Responses to Garlic Piperade Soup: Put those 80 cloves of garlic to good use!

  1. I know I would like this soup from the ingredients (and the yummy pic!) and I’ll just have to take your word for it on the 80 cloves of garlic!

    • dramamamafive says:

      Thanks Karen, I’d love to hear about it if you make it! Oooh, take a picture of you sitting out on that lovely balcony, overlooking the sea, with your bowl of garlic piperade!

  2. Victoria says:

    I love soups and garlic, but 80 cloves? My hubby won’t get near me for a week…lol great recipe Amy!

    • dramamamafive says:

      Vicki, when you blanche the garlic first, it takes away the sharpness. You just have to make sure your hubby likes it, too! ;)

  3. Chef William says:

    Well I think you know where I’m going with this one. I must have my daily garlic “Fix” or the world just does not spin correctly. I must make this recipe asap. Of course I will tweak it just a tad, chefs do that sort of thing you know. It looks so Good and I’m sure my wife will like it as well. Thanks for sharing a healthy recipe.

    • dramamamafive says:

      Chef, I like to make my own bread to top it with, also, something very hearty and chewy. Don’t use store bread, whatever you do, it’ll just soak in and be soggy. I’d love to hear about your tweaks when you make it! Thanks again for stopping in!

  4. Sounds really yummy. Sounds like a Garlic lovers dream.

  5. Amanda says:

    Sounds like a great recipe, and I just brought a load of garlic a couple of days ago. I love how beneficial for the body it is. Blessings for the weekend. Amanda

  6. Denys Kelley says:

    Nothing like hot soup on a chilly day. Makes the house smell good. Not sure about 80 gloves of garlic. Now I’ll have to try this… but of course maybe not with so much garlic, but then why not!

  7. Amy,
    This sounds amazing and I would love to be able to share it with the click of a button on other social media sites so my foodie friends can enjoy your offerings as well.

    I copied and pasted to share on facebook and on twitter.

    Blessings,
    Kina

  8. Anne Dovel says:

    1. I love my Jane Brody cookbooks!
    2. I love this soup!
    Making me feel like getting up out of my chair where I’ve been sorting paperwork for hours and make some soup!
    Thanks!
    Anne

  9. Oh wow, you may have noticed I’m a bit soup obsessed from the 40 plus recipes on my blog. This looks delish and I cannot wait to give it a whirl. I just love garlic too, it’s just amazing I’m going to share this my FB page.

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