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Caramelized Onion-and-Roasted Garlic Bisque


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  • 1 large whole garlic head
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 9 cups thinly sliced Vidalia or other sweet onion (about 4 large)
  • 2 1/2 cups sliced leek (about 2 medium)
  • 1 teaspoon salt divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 3 (10 1/2-ounce) cans low-salt chicken broth
  • 2 cups 2% low-fat milk
  • 6 tablespoons fat-free sour cream
  • Toasted caraway seeds (optional)


Servings 1


Step 1

Preheat oven to 350º.

Remove white papery skin from garlic head (do not peel or separate the cloves). Rub 1 1/2 teaspoons oil over garlic head; wrap in foil. Bake at 350º for 1 hour; let cool 10 minutes. Separate cloves; squeeze to extract garlic pulp. Discard skins. Set garlic pulp aside.

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and leek; cook 30 minutes, stirring often. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and thyme. Cook an additional 30 minutes or until onion is golden, stirring occasionally. Stir in flour. Add wine and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 30 minutes. Add garlic pulp, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and milk to onion mixture; simmer 8 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Place half of onion mixture in a blender, and process until smooth. Pour puréed mixture into a large bowl; repeat procedure with remaining onion mixture. Garnish with sour cream and caraway seeds, if desired.

Serving Size: 1 cup soup and 1 tablespoon sour cream.

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