40 Garlic Clove Soup {For Colds & Flu}

I use a lot of garlic in my kitchen, and in fact, I used to take garlic pills daily as well, but I have never made garlic soup until now. I looked at some recipes online and decided to create my own using a combination of roasted and raw garlic that I gently sautéed.

Along with the garlic, I added onions for flavor and even more healing properties, and potatoes which I used as a healthy thickener. I had some homemade chicken broth in my freezer that I thawed out to use, but if you do not have homemade stock, buy a good quality organic variety. After everything was cooked, I cooled the soup to room temperature, then pureed it until very smooth and creamy in my Vitamix blender.

I served my soup garnished with some homemade whole wheat croutons and some bacon bits and thoroughly enjoyed every single spoonful. The soup was rich and smooth and full of flavor. Although the roasting of the garlic creates a sweeter garlic flavor, this soup still tastes of garlic, so garlic haters beware.

I love the taste of garlic, so I thoroughly enjoyed this soup and will certainly make this soup again. I can’t wait to try making it with fresh garlic picked from our garden when we get to Umbria next month. The oil used for roasting the garlic is discarded, so do reserve it for another use as it is delicious. The oil would be great brushed on grilled crusty bread to serve alongside the soup!

Buon Appetito!
Deborah Mele 

40 Garlic Clove Soup {For Colds & Flu}

40 Garlic Clove Soup {For Colds & Flu}

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

A rich and creamy immune boosting soup.


  • 40 Cloves Of Garlic, Peeled
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil, Divided
  • 1 Medium Onion, Chopped
  • 1 Medium Potato, Peeled & Chopped
  • 4 Cups Organic Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • Salt & Pepper To Taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice


  1. Place two tablespoons of the oil in a large saucepan.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Place 30 garlic cloves in a small oven-proof casserole along with the remaining olive oil.
  4. Cover with foil, and roast the garlic for 35 to 40 minutes or until soft and brown.
  5. While the garlic is roasting, coarsely chop the remaining garlic cloves and add to the saucepan along with the onions and potatoes.
  6. Cook the garlic and onion mixture over medium heat until the vegetables soften and begin to brown, about 5 minutes.
  7. Add the chicken broth, thyme, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
  8. Reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook until the potatoes are very tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  9. Let the soup cool to room temperature.
  10. Once the garlic has roasted to a light golden brown, use a spoon to remove it from the oil and place in the saucepan.
  11. Reserve the garlic oil for another use.
  12. Puree the soup in batches until thick and smooth, then return to the saucepan.
  13. Reheat the soup, then add the lemon juice.
  14. Serve, topped with your garnish of choice.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 245Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 1062mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 9gSugar: 3gProtein: 4g

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  1. Oh, this soup looks positively delicious! And I love garlic, too. haven’t used it as a main ingredient to soup before though. But I bet this would be really great with some Italian bread.

    Grazie for sharing!

  2. This recipe is soo good! Once the onions, garlic and potatoes were golden brown, I poured about a 1/4 cup of white wine to deglaze the pan and it added so much good flavor! Thank you for this recipe!

  3. I read this long story..because I also suffering from cough. I really like garlic. This soup may be deleacious and very good for my cough. I am going to prepare it today. Thank you very much for sharing it.

  4. I have made this soup about 5 times! It works! Soooo yumny, this time I made it with a miso broth and it was great. I always squeeze a half a lemon on top and its delightful. One warning! This soup has an after effect, a very strong and serious one! You get major gas! Like out of this world. Only eat this soup if you are around people who already would die for you! Also only feed this soup to people you don’t have to be in a car or a bedroom with! ?????‍♀️??‍♀️?

    1. Thanks for the warning! Made this yesterday and definitely agree with you. Super delicious but thankful for the heads up. Helped me in the recovery process too

  5. This soup is absolutely amazing. It’s the nicest soup I have made. Not only is it delicious but gets rid of the winter bugs. The garlic kind of goes sweet after roasting. Super healing soup. All the family wanted more. Thanks 

  6. I have made this soup 3 times since January. It is so delicious, comforting and gives me a zing of energy! It is potent on my digestive system, but it also supercharges my immune system. It is my go to whenever I need a boost of health our energy! Thanks for sharing this recipe! I highly recommend everyone try it as we are staying home to flatten the global pandemic curve! Cheers!

  7. I’ve been fighting with back to back colds as the weather has changed here in Nashville so I made this today and YUM!! I added some red pepper flakes and a cinnamon stick to add some heat and additional healing. So good and will definitely keep this in the rotation this winter!

  8. I made this today on day 4 of the flu. I substituted sweet potato and added a bit of paprika along with the thyme. I also ended up dumping a pack of Trader Joe’s frozen sweet potato gnocchi with sage butter in at the end just to give it something to chew since I’ve been eating soups and broths for the past 4 days. Wow! I tasted it before the additions and after them, and it was amazing both ways. Great recipe!

  9. Love, love, love this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing this great garlic soup recipe! Found this during the Pandemic and made it when I felt a cold or cough coming on.  It nipped it in the bud!  This is now my favorite winter soup recipe!  Thank you again!  

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