Roasted garlic vegetable soup

Roasted garlic vegetable soup

Cairo Kitchen
Jonathan Gregson

Adding roasted garlic provides a mildly sweet flavour to this vegetable soup. When garlic is roasted in the oven it loses its intensity, much like onions when they are caramelised, and develops a softer, sweeter taste.


Quantity Ingredient
50g dried white or cannellini beans
2 whole heads garlic
8 tablespoons olive oil
2 carrots, diced
125g green beans, diced
2 potatoes, peeled and diced
2 courgettes, diced
1 litre vegetable stock
2 tomatoes, diced
6 spring onions, sliced into rings
2 tablespoons fresh coriander, chopped
freshly ground black pepper


  1. Soak the beans in water overnight.
  2. Place the beans in a pan of salted boiling water and boil for about 20 minutes until tender.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  4. Cut the whole garlic in half horizontally and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Wrap the garlic in foil and roast in the oven for half an hour.
  5. Heat a medium-sized pot and sautè the carrot, green beans, potato and courgette in 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over a medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring all the time. Add the vegetable stock and then the white beans.
  6. Add the tomato and spring onion. Simmer for about 25 minutes or until all the vegetables are tender. Season with the salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Remove the roasted garlic from the oven and squeeze out the garlic from the skins. Discard the skins and place the roasted garlic in a small bowl. Add the chopped fresh coriander and the remaining 4 tablespoons olive oil and mash together.
  8. To serve, place a tablespoon of the mashed roast garlic, coriander and olive oil into each portion of soup.
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