Saturday, October 3, 2009

Artichoke Soup Recipe

This simple mashed artichoke hearts in broth with a bit of garlic and cream makes one of the tastiest Italian recipes of soups . This recipe will make soup sufficient for four.

Artichoke Soup Recipe

What You Need:

  • 4 cups chicken or vegetables broth
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or half-and-half
  • Freshly ground black or white pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice or white wine or distilled vinegar
  • 1 tsp. salt, plus more to taste
  • 6 large artichokes

How to Make:

  1. In a large pot with a tight-fitting lid bring about 1 inch water, lemon juice,and 1 tsp. salt to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, cut stems and thorns from artichokes. Place artichokes, stem-side down and standing, in pot. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until a leaf pulls out easily from each artichoke, about 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water after draining.
  3. Pull off and discard dark green, outer leaves. Use a spoon to scrape out fuzzy choke. Cut off any fibrous dark green parts around outside of heart. Roughly chop heart and put in a blender or food processor. Use all the artichokes similarly.
  4. Use a spoon to scrape off tender flesh from each leaf. Discard them.
  5. In a medium saucepan, over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant for about 1 minute. Transfer garlic to blender with artichokes.
  6. Whirl artichokes with broth until very smooth. You will need to let the blender run a bit for this to happen--whirl for at least 2 minutes.
  7. Transfer artichoke mixture to saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a steady simmer. Add cream, and salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve soup hot.

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