Cream of Jerusalem Artichoke Soup

This soup can be made a day ahead. How much artichoke you have to work with after peeling will depend on how knobbly they are to start with. The smoother they are, the less waste.

Ingredients

  • 900 g/ 2 lb Jerusalem artichokes
  • 225 g/ 8 oz onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled, smashed and chopped
  • 60 g/ 2 oz unsalted butter
  • 225 g/ 8 oz potato, peeled and diced
  • 2 litres/ 3½ pints light chicken or vegetable stock
  • salt and pepper
  • 100 ml/ 3½ fl oz double cream
  • chopped flat-leaved parsley, to garnish

Method

Trim off any black bits from the Jerusalem artichokes, then peel them and chop them into roughly 2.5-cm / 1-inch pieces.

Put these into a pan with the diced onion, chopped garlic and butter, and sweat the vegetables over a low heat until soft.

Add the diced potato and pour over the chicken or vegetable stock. Season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Lower the heat to a gentle simmer and cook for 20 minutes.

Liquidize the mixture in a blender or food processor and pass it through a sieve into a clean saucepan.

About 20 minutes before you want to serve the soup, reheat it gently, then stir in the double cream and adjust the seasoning to taste.

Serve the soup in warmed soup bowls, scattered with chopped flatleaved parsley.

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