We’ve been eating a lot of potatoes lately, in part because I love them and in part because they’re cheap. Roasted Potato Salad with Chili Vinaigrette, Hashbrowns with fried eggs, Roasted Cauliflower Soup, Potato and Cauliflower Samosas, Potato Fennel Stew, Roasted Veggies with Miso Gravy…. Even after all those potatoes, this soup stood out as incredible. My friend Kyrie shared this recipe with me quite some time ago and it’s a go-to favourite around here. Here’s how I make it: 

Simmered Garlic and Potato Soup

Simmered Garlic and Potato Soup

  • 2 tbsp Butter (or oil)
  • 2 Onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 heads Garlic, peeled but cloves left whole
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 6-8 cups Water (or Stock)
  • 4 large Red Potatoes, cubed
  • 4 Yukon Gold or Russet potatoes, cubed
  • 1- 2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/8- 1/4 tsp Cayenne
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • handful fresh Basil, chopped (optional)
  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add butter with a splash of oil (I used avocado oil). Sauté onions with a pinch or two of salt until soft but not brown.
  2. Add minced garlic and cook until fragrant.
  3. Add whole garlic cloves, bay leaves, and water to pot. Simmer until garlic is soft and punctures easily with the tip of a knife.
  4. Add potatoes and cook until potatoes are soft.
  5. Add paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper, basil and blend soup with immersion blender or potato masher to desired consistency.

Absolutely delicious!

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7 Responses to Simmered Garlic and Potato Soup

  1. Debbie says:

    I have no doubt this is FANTASTIC. My life sucks. :)

  2. Wendy says:

    Can’t wait to try this!

  3. genie says:

    Finally. A potato soup recipe that isn’t drowning in milk! Thank you, can’t wait to give this a try!

  4. Kyrie says:

    I love that recipe! It’s so good…if you can get your hands on some, try simmering small onions in there too…cippolini works best :)

  5. jenny says:

    This sounds so good. Just what I need to warm my bones! I can’t believe how cold it is here already. And I have to ask about the avocado oil! Where do you get that?

  6. Annie says:

    So sorry, Debbie! I told you not to look. xx

    Jenny- I buy organic extra virgin avocado oil at Safeway if you can believe it. It’s pretty great for most things. It’s great fresh but it also has a really high burn point too. I love it instead of olive oil in caesar salad mostly.

  7. Erin says:

    Mmmm – I made this yesterday and it was amazing! It might rank up there among my top favorite soups. (And your biscuits have made it into my recipe book. They’ve become a go-to staple.)

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