How-to Roast Garlic

Roasted garlic is one of the most delicious flavors ever. Ever! It doesn’t at all resemble the strong, pungent taste of raw or even sautéed garlic. It’s smooth and creamy and utterly delectable. It’s so good, you could eat the roasted cloves whole and alone, if you wanted to. But I usually use them in pasta dishes, or as a pizza topping.

It takes a bit of time to roast garlic, but the prep time is fairly minimal. The oven does the rest. Give it a try. Follow these step-by-step instructions, and in 40-45 minutes, you’ll have an entire head of melty, delicious roasted garlic to use however you want.

Roast Garlic


1 head garlic
olive oil
salt and pepper
a couple tablespoons water


Step 1: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Step 2: Remove the outer paper layer of the garlic head, without peeling off the protective covering over the individual cloves.


Step 3: Place the head of garlic in a small dish (I like to use a ramekin).

Step 4: Drizzle the garlic with a bit of olive oil (about a tsp.) and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Step 5: Place a couple of tablespoons of water in the bottom of the dish.


Step 6: Cover tightly with foil.

Step 7: Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a fork inserted into a clove slides easily in.

Step 8: Let cool for 5-10 minutes, or until you can easily handle the cloves.

Step 9: Tear the garlic into individual cloves, and squeeze the cloves out of their protective coverings.


Step 10: Enjoy!

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