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Soup's On: Creamy Artichoke Soup

Soup's On: Creamy Artichoke Soup

This summer, I had so much fun creating ice cream sandwiches that I had to come up with a similar series for fall and winter. One of my favorite cold month foods is soup, so I thought it would be exciting to experiment with a new soup recipe each week. Like Yum's 52 weeks of baking, you are invited along for the adventure! For the first soup I've created a creamy artichoke puree. This is a delicious and simple soup that can be made any time of year because it uses frozen artichoke hearts. To see how I made it,

Creamy Artichoke Soup
From Giada De Laurentiis

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 leeks, white part only, washed well and chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small potato, peeled and chopped
1 (8-ounce) package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons plus 1/3 cup mascarpone cheese
2 tablespoons chopped chives, for garnish

  1. Heat olive oil in a heavy, large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the leeks and the garlic and stir. Add the potatoes and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Add the artichokes, stock, salt, and pepper and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.
  4. Using a handheld immersion blender, or in a blender in batches*, puree the soup. Add the 2 tablespoons mascarpone and blend again to combine.
  5. In a small bowl, stir the remaining 1/3 cup mascarpone to soften.
  6. Ladle the soup into serving bowls. Dollop the top of each of the soups with a spoonful of the softened mascarpone cheese and top the cheese with chives.

Serves 4.

*When blending hot liquids: Remove liquid from the heat and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Transfer liquid to a blender or food processor and fill it no more than halfway. If using a blender, release one corner of the lid. This prevents the vacuum effect that creates heat explosions. Place a towel over the top of the machine, pulse a few times then process on high speed until smooth.






























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busybeegal busybeegal 8 years
This sounds really scrumptious. On a side note - is it just me or do like 50% of Giada's recipes have mascarpone? LOL.
chynablue chynablue 8 years
I bet that tastes awesome! :love:
Seraphim Seraphim 8 years
this sounds DELICOUS! definitely trying it :)
Catipa Catipa 8 years
This sounds great, I really like artichokes but usually never make anything with them, thanks for the great idea.
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
no, i don't think i'd like this. i thought it might be okay, but i don't like some of the ingredients
i-am-elle i-am-elle 8 years
I love artichokes too. Sounds great for Fall & Winter!
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
Oh, that is so pretty, and I bet it tastes even prettier!
MamaD MamaD 8 years
Food Food 8 years
I love the color of that soup against the color of your tablecloth. This soup looks beautiful!
ALSW ALSW 8 years
I love artichokes. Perfect for a cold day!
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