January 16, 2021

Roasted garlic soup with potatoes, kale, and bacon

Bowl of roasted garlic soup with potatoes, kale, and bacon.

Creamy and silky soup is filled with four heads of roasted garlic along with yellow potatoes, kale, and crispy bacon for a warming and delicious winter soup. 

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It's National Soup Swap Day! I'm sharing this new soup recipe along with a bunch from some blogger friends that you can find at the bottom of this post. This soup is for all the garlic lovers out there!

And, yes, you read that correctly - four heads, not cloves, of garlic infuse this soup broth for a fragrant, delicious, and sweet roasted garlic flavor. Since the garlic is roasted, it loses its strong and pungent flavor and transforms into a sweeter and mellower garlic flavor. Roasted garlic flavor is completely different than raw garlic flavor. 

How do you roast garlic? It's very simple! You just need to cut the tops off each head to expose the cloves. Then drizzle them with a little olive oil and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Then you wrap the heads of garlic in foil and roast in the oven until tender.

Four heads of garlic with the tops cut off on foil pieces.

Yellow potatoes, hearty kale, and salty crisp bacon are added to the garlicky broth along with Parmesan cheese. These flavors all come together for a perfectly warming and delicious cold weather soup.

Serve this soup with a loaf of crusty bread, skillet sourdough cornbread, sourdough biscuits, or any of your favorite dinner rolls for a complete meal. Or, serve as a starter to a larger meal or with a sandwich.

Bowl of roasted garlic soup with a spoon lifting up a bite.
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Roasted Garlic Soup with Potatoes, Kale, & Bacon

Roasted Garlic Soup with Potatoes, Kale, & Bacon

Creamy and silky soup is filled with four heads of roasted garlic along with yellow potatoes, kale, and crispy bacon for a warming and delicious winter soup.


  • 4 heads of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 slices bacon
  • 1 medium sweet yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 large yellow potatoes, diced (about 2.5 cups)
  • 2 packed cups packed finely chopped kale
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Slice the tops off of each head of garlic so that each clove is exposed. Place head head cut side-up in a piece of foil. Drizzle the garlic with about 1/2 teaspoon olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Repeat with all four heads. Place them on a baking sheet and place in the oven for about 45-50 minutes, until the cloves are soft. Let cool so you can handle it.
  3. In a soup pot, cook the bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove the bacon to a paper towel and drain the bacon grease from the soup pan, leaving about a tablespoon. Add the onion along with a pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper and cook until translucent.
  4. Squeeze the garlic into a blender trying to get out as much garlic as possible. Add the broth and blend until smooth.
  5. Add the garlic broth to the pot and stir well. Let the mixture come to a low boil and then stir in the potatoes and kale. Cook at a low boil, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened.
  6. Turn the heat to low and stir in the heavy cream. Warm though. Remove the soup from the heat and whisk in the Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  7. Top each bowl with crumbled bacon and extra grated Parmesan.
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Bowl filled with roasted garlic soup with potatoes, kale, and bacon.

Check out these other soup recipes:  

Cheddar Butternut Squash & Black Bean Chowder 

Chicken, Corn, & Rivel Soup

German Goulash Soup (Gulaschsuppe)

(Un)Stuffed Banana Pepper Soup 

National Soup Swap Day 2021

Happy National Soup Swap Day! Today, I'm linking up with other bloggers for a virtual soup swap hosted by Kate's Recipe Box - and we're all sharing some tasty soup recipes to warm you up!


  1. Oh my.....this soup is definitely screaming my name....Roasted garlic is the best!!

  2. wow 4 heads of roasted garlic....the soup must taste amazingly delicious and aromatic!

  3. Wait, did you say bacon??? I'm all in! And kale...my new favorite thing to put in soup!!! Sounds amazing!!!

  4. I didn't even have to read the recipe past "roasted garlic" to know I am making this soup!

  5. I never thought to use roasted garlic in soup! This recipe is a game changer. It looks so creamy and delicious.

  6. There's nothing more miraculous than how garlic changes when it's roasted. Well, that might be an exaggeration, but still, this sounds amazing.

  7. Roasted garlic soup - love it!!!! Mine is so simple compared to yours. You have made this soup a complete meal with the potatoes and greens. What great addition to an already wonderful soup base. Great job!

  8. All that garlic sounds amazing! Plus the potatoes and bacon? I'm sold!

  9. We are a family of garlic lovers - this would absolutely be gobbled up here!

  10. I am wondering why I haven't tried roasted garlic in my soups! My kids love garlic. This must be very flavorful and can't wait to try. Thanks for the recipe!

  11. I don't think I've ever made a soup -- or anything! -- with four heads of garlic. Love the idea. :-) Thanks!

  12. This soup has my name written all over it. So many things I love in soup in one bowl!


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