Super Garlic Bean Soup

Many years ago, I was sick as a dog forever. I moved from Marin County to East Bay.

That’s what probably really did it. (Ha ha, but I do love East BAY MORE after living here) My friend in the hood brought over soup that saved me. She gave me the recipe and I want to share it with you. She swore when her family ate this soup on and off one winter they never got sick!

I don’t totally follow this recipe. I usually cook real beans in chicken broth with all the garlic, and then puree it some of it or not at all. Either way, garlic is the KEY.


20 whole garlic cloves, peeled

1 ¼ cups fat free chicken broth or vegetable broth

1 19 oz. can undrained white beans

2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice

½ tsp. dried thyme

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional garnishes per cup of soup:

½ tsp. chopped parsley

1 tsp. crumbled goat cheese

½ tsp. very dries sherry


Place whole garlic cloves and broth in a large bowl. Microwave until

Garlic is very soft, about 10 minutes. Put all the ingredients in a blender and puree

Until smooth. Return to bowl and reheat in microwave about 5 minutes. Put in serving bowls and add toppings. Serve with pita or bagel chips. Makes 4 cups.


From: USA WEEKEND TODAY January 1988: Jean Carper, author of Miracle Cures & other best sellers.

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