Roasted Garlic and Spinach Soup with Grilled Scallops Recipe

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Recipe by Chef John Pontius of Finely J.P.’s Restaurant and Bar

Serves 4-6


  • 5 whole garlic bulbs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon each, salt and pepper
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 8 ounces fresh spinach, chopped
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 5 cups chicken stock, low sodium
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to your taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¾ lb. sea scallops


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cut tops off garlic heads to expose the bulbs and remove any excess papery skins. Place in a large sheet of aluminum foil and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Close the foil around them, leaving a space between the bulbs and the foil. Place on a baking sheet in the oven. Roast until bulbs are soft and fragrant, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Remove from oven, cool and squeeze out the garlic cloves into a bowl. Mash the garlic with a potato masher or fork.

In a heavy bottom three-quart pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and sauté, stirring occasionally, until translucent. Add the mashed roasted garlic and chopped spinach, and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring well. Stir in the flour and cook for 5 minutes. Using a wire whisk, stir in white wine and chicken stock, one cup at a time. Add in heavy cream and salt and pepper to taste.  Simmer for 40 minutes.

Preheat char-grill.

Place scallops and the remaining one tablespoon of olive oil in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Gently turn the scallops with a rubber spatula. Grill scallops approximately 3-4 minutes per side. Place scallops in soup bowls and ladle soup over them.

Serve with fresh baguette or similar bread.

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