leeks, rinsed well, whites only, finely chopped
yellow onion, chopped
white pepper, ground
fresh thyme, chopped
roasted garlic, (see recipe below)
dry white wine
3 1/2 c
chicken stock (see recipe in
fresh parsley, chopped
lemon juice, freshly squeezed
heads of garlic
olive oil, extra virgin
black pepper, freshly ground
loaf crusty italian bread
1To roast garlic: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cut top quarter from each head of garlic. Place garlic, cut side up on sheet of aluminum foil. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Close foil tightly over garlic leving in a single row. Roast garlic until golden brown and very soft (about 1 hour). Once cooled squeeze into recipe below.
2Melt butter over medium heat in large pot.
3Add pancetta and cook until fat is rendered and add, leeks, onions, salt, white pepper and thyme and cook until vegetables are soft but not browning (about 5 minutes).
4Add roasted garlic and mix well.
5Add wine, bring to a boil, and simmer while stirring until wine is almost evaporated (about 3-5 minutes).
6Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are very soft and the soup is slightly thickened (about 25-30 minutes),
7Add cubes of bread to thicken, if desired, then blend with immersion blender or in food processor until smooth.
8Add cream, parsley and lemon juice and simmer for 5 minutes. Adjust seasoning to taste and serve with good croutons or crusty french bread.