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Garlic Broth

This is really a base for other soups that can also be served on its own -- but consider adding some jalapeno pepper, cilantro and lime juice; or diced tomato, chopped parsley, matchsticks of zucchini and thinly sliced basil; cooked peas and small leaves of spinach; lemongrass, curry leaves and lime juice; or any other seasoning group that seems enjoyable.

3 small heads garlic, smashed and peeled
1 tablespoon olive oil
Kosher salt, to taste, optional
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste, optional

Cut the garlic cloves in half lengthwise and, if necessary, remove the green germ growing through the center.

In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over low heat. Stir in the garlic cloves and cook, stirring often, until the outside of the garlic is translucent and cloves are soft, about 20 minutes. Don't let the garlic brown.

Pour in 9 cups water. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 40 minutes. The garlic will be very tender. To eat the broth on its own, season with salt and pepper to taste; or use as a stock. Makes 8 cups, or 8 first-course servings.

"Soup: A Way of Life" by Barbara Kafka

Thursday, February 14, 2002

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