Jerusalem Artichoke Soup

SoupGluten-FreeVegetarian

A smooth soup made from jerusalem artichokes, onions, garlic, celery and stock.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

When I was a kid, my mother often used to add sliced raw jerusalem artichokes to our salads. I have no idea why. She doesn’t do it any more, and hasn’t for years.

At the time I just thought they were weird looking and didn’t taste like much. Nothing at all like the real artichokes that we kids fought over at the dinner table. My kid’s mind decided that they didn’t grow very good artichokes in Jerusalem.

What are Jerusalem Artichokes?

Hah! Well, mystery solved.

Turns out jerusalem artichokes are neither artichokes, nor are they from Jerusalem.

They’re tubers, native of North America, and the plant is related to and resembles sunflowers. (In fact, these days they are often called “sunchokes”.)

“Jerusalem” is thought to have evolved from the Italian name for the plant, “girasole” for sunflower.

Why “artichoke”? If my mom had only cooked them, then that part of the mystery would have been solved for me. Cooked, they taste surprisingly like artichokes. Yum!

A traditional and wonderfully easy way to prepare these chokes is as a soup. If you like the taste of artichokes, I urge you to try your hand at making this soup with jerusalem artichokes. This is lick-the-bowl good.

Jerusalem Artichoke Soup, Sunchoke soup

Word to the wise. Sunchokes are known for … well, how can I say it politely… causing flatulence, especially when raw. In fact, Hank calls them “fartichokes”. (He grows them in his garden, he should know.) He tells me that slow cooking them, like this soup preparation, greatly reduces the problem.

Eh hem, although I’m sure I’m risking telling you Too Much Information, I had no particular gaseous issue with this soup. Thank goodness, because I can’t wait to make it again.

Sunchokes

Jerusalem Artichoke Soup Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 pounds jerusalem artichokes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 quart chicken stock (use vegetable stock for vegetarian option, and gluten-free stock if cooking gluten-free)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Method

1 Sauté the onions, celery, then garlic: Heat the butter in a soup pot over medium-high heat and cook the onions and celery until soft, about 5 minutes. Do not brown them. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Sprinkle with salt.

2 Add jerusalem artichokes and stock: Add the jerusalem artichokes and the chicken stock to the pot and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer, covered, until the jerusalem artichokes begin to break down, 45 minutes to an hour.

3 Purée the soup: Using an immersion blender or upright blender, purée the soup. If using an upright blender, fill the blender bowl up only to a third of capacity at a time, if the soup is hot, and hold down the lid while blending. Alternately, you can push the soup through the finest grate on a food mill, or push it through a sturdy sieve. Add salt to taste.

Sprinkle with freshly grated black pepper to serve.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Tom M

    Can this soup be served cold?

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  2. Geoffrey Satterly

    I’m the cook at the moment while my wife is staying with our girl in hospital. It’s almost winter down under and I have Jerusalem Artichokes growing in the back yard. This was a very helpful recipe. I threw it all into the slowcooker after the sauté part and pureed the cooked Jerusalem Artichokes and poured it back into the soup. It went down well. I replaced the chicken stock with bone broth.

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  3. Melissa

    YUM! My husband and I had this for dinner tonight. I used more garlic (4 cloves instead of 2), added some dried veggies and coconut cream.

    We usually have fried Jerusalem Artichokes with breakfast. This was a welcome “change of scenery”. Thank you!

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  4. Colinda

    Love this soup, never ate Jerusalem Artichoke before but will definately make it again!

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  5. Vince

    Tastes great! Excluded celery as I did not have on hand. The sautéed garlic and onion had excellent flavor to the creamy base of sunroot.

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