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Garlic soup with homemade stock recipe

Garlic soup with homemade stock recipe

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Make sure no part of your roast chicken goes to waste. This rich and creamy garlic soup is made with homemade chicken stock. Freeze any leftovers you have to enjoy at a later date. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 4 hrs 00 mins
  • 171 calories / serving
  • Freezable


  • 1 leftover chicken carcass
  • 100g leftover vegetable peelings
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic bulb, cloves peeled and separated, 4 thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 400g tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 75ml single cream
  • 15g fresh flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
If you don't have these beans, you can use any tinned bean in water

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    8g 11%
  • Saturates

    3g 15%
  • Sugars

    5g 6%
  • Salt

    1.6g 27%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 15.4g Protein 6.9g Fibre 5.5g


1. Put the chicken carcass in a very large, lidded pot with the vegetable peelings; season well. Cover with 2.5ltrs cold water, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 2-3 hrs until the stock is golden, and the veg and carcass are completely falling apart, occasionally skimming any scum off the top. Strain, then store in the fridge for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

2. Heat the oil in a large, lidded saucepan over a low heat and gently fry the sliced garlic for 1-2 mins until turning golden and crispy; remove and set aside. Add the remaining whole garlic cloves and the onion and cook for 8-10 mins until beginning to soften. Stir in the beans and 1ltr stock; season. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 mins.

3. Remove from the heat, stir in the cream and most of the parsley, then blitz with a stick blender until smooth. Ladle into bowls and top with the crispy garlic slices and remaining parsley.

Tip: You can also make the stock in a slow-cooker: cook on low for 6-8 hrs.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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