Prep 15 mins
Cook 25 mins
From Sunset. Pretty!
- 1 head garlic (3 1/2 to 4 oz.)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, peeled and chopped (about 8 oz.)
- salt and pepper
- 1⁄2 cup dry white wine
- 3 (14 1/2 ounce) cans de-fatted chicken broth
- 1⁄4 teaspoon saffron threads, crumbled or 1⁄8 teaspoon powdered saffron
- 2 1⁄2 lbs carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
- 2 (15 ounce) cans small white beans, rinsed and drained
- 1⁄4 cup dry sherry
- Cut garlic head in half crosswise; rub cut surfaces lightly with olive oil and wrap garlic in foil. Bake in a 400° regular or convection oven until garlic is soft when pressed, about 40 minutes. When cool enough to handle, pluck or squeeze garlic cloves from peel; discard peel.
- 2. Meanwhile, in a 6- to 8-quart pan over medium-high heat, cook onion in 1 tablespoon oil, stirring occasionally, until very limp, about 15 minutes (if onion starts to brown, reduce heat and add a few tablespoons of water). Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Add wine and stir often until most of the liquid is evaporated, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add broth, saffron, and carrots. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then cover, reduce heat, and simmer until carrots are very tender when pierced, about 20 minutes.
- Add roasted garlic.
- In a blender or food processor, whirl mixture, in batches, until smooth.
- Return purée to pan over low heat; add beans and sherry. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.