The soup season is not over yet as winter is still showing its chilly side despite having entered March already! To be honest I tend to eat soups of all kinds throughout the year and whatever the weather as they are such easy and healthy lunch option. My latest offering uses knobbly jerusalem artichokes from my weekly veg box which paired with some carrots deliver on warmth and flavour in this Jerusalem Artichoke & Carrot Soup.
If you have never come across jerusalem artichokes, they are little knobbly and gnarly veggies, a bit similar to potatoes (looks not flavour) and very versatile. They can be boiled, roasted, sautéed or even eaten raw. When it comes to flavour they remind me of slightly nuttier tasting parsnips. There is also slight mushroomy taste to them especially when pureed. All in all, I think they are actually really delicious and worth adding to your cooking repertoire. They are a bit of a pain to clean mind you, so make sure you’ve got yourself a good vegetable scrubber. 🙂
For this particular soup I decided to pair artichokes with some carrots as they go really well together. I kept the flavours super simple. Beside salt and pepper and couple of flavourings like garlic and some parsley stalks, you won’t find any other herbs or spices. I really wanted the veggies to shine here and for the artichokes not to be disguised or confused. Having said that, those unfamiliar with their flavour won’t quite know what’s in the soup. Delicious as it is, having added both veggies in equal quantities, you can’t really tell what’s in it beside the carrots lol. There is a lot going on although it might be quite difficult to put your finger on it. Tasty? Yes. Comforting? Definitely! What’s in it? Hmmm, not quite sure! lol
I kept this soup really simple in terms of preparation too. It’s pretty much all veggies in the pot at the same time and majority of your work is done. And due to its creamy consistency (courtesy of artichokes and not heavy cream) this soup is really healthy despite feeling quite indulgent. Have I mentioned my kids went bonkers for it? 🙂 All you need is nice, thick chunk of bread (try my Irish Soda Bread) and you are in soup heaven!
Some more soup recipes you might enjoy
Instant Pot Creamy Cauliflower Cheese Soup (both with hob/stovetop cooking method included as well)
Homemade Roasted Pumpkin Seeds– perfect topping for any soup
Vegetarian Sausage Rolls – perfect accompaniment
If you are soup lover and maker, you might want to make your own stock too. This particular soup is fully veggie but you could also make it with your own, homemade chicken stock. Feel free to check my guide on How To Make Chicken Stock in Instant Pot (with instructions for hob/stovetop users too).
Jerusalem Artichoke & Carrot Soup
- 500 g jerusalem artichokes well scrubbed and roughly sliced
- 500 g carrots peeled and roughly sliced
- 1 large onion peeled and roughly chopped
- 2 celery stalks with leaves roughly chopped
- 2 plump garlic cloves peeled and thinly sliced
- small bunch of leftover parsley stalks roughly chopped
- ghee clarified butter or sunflower oil
- 1.2 ltr vegetable stock from cube is fine
- salt & pepper to taste
- creme fraiche or yoghurt and some chopped chives or parsley to serve
- Prepare all the veg. Make sure you clean the artichokes really well. Wash them in the bowl filled with water and scrub well (there is no need to peel). You might need to cut the knobbly bits off to make sure you get rid of all of the muck. You can still use these in the soup.
- Melt the ghee or heat up the oil in a large pan and add all of the vegetables in and let them stew gently until lightly softened but not coloured (approx. 10 min)
- Add stock, season with salt & pepper and bring to the boil.
- Cover, reduce the heat and simmer for approx. 30 min or until vegetables are soft.
- Take the soup of the heat and puree using the stick blender until desired consistency.
- Taste and adjust seasoning.
- Serve garnished with a swirl of creme fraiche or yoghurts and some chopped chives or parsley.
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