Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Lemon and Saffron 3 Comments

Nov 5, 2008

So what does an artichoke and Jerusalem have in common? Frankly, not much except they are both included in the name of this dish. In fact, the name of this dish is downright misleading. First, no artichokes were injured in the making of this dish. Second, none of the ingredients are from Jerusalem.

Rather, the Jerusalem artichoke is actually a type of sunflower – or, more correctly, the tuberous roots of a type of sunflower. They are also called sunchokes. They do not look anything like the traditional green artichokes variety but appear more like overgrown ginger roots with potato-like knots on them.

This soup is wonderful. The saffron gives it nice flecks of gold and works a dual purpose, as a seasoning and a coloring agent. It gives off a hay-like fragrance with notes of honey and seems to contribute to the luminous beige coloring of the dish. The fresh flavor of the green parsley and the zest of lemon blend in nicely. This soup finishes with a mild, sweet and nutty flavor.

So grab your spoon and enjoy this surprisingly tasty and healthy meal.

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2 medium onions, ½-inch dice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 ½ pounds Jerusalem artichokes, peeled and quartered
4 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
10 to 12 blanched almonds
2 tablespoon water
1 pinch saffron
½ lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley, with stems



Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

1 hour


Using a heavy casserole with a cover, saute the onions in the olive oil over low heat, covered, about 15 minutes. (Check frequently—you don’t want the onions to brown and burn). Uncover, add garlic and the artichokes, and increase heat to medium. Continue to saute for a few more minutes. Add the chicken broth, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Grind the almonds in a spice grinder and mix with the water. Whisk the mixture into the soup along with with saffron strands and the lemon juice. Puree the soup in a blender. Reheat, add chopped parsley on top and drizzle with olive oil, and cracked pepper.


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this looks delicious. I can't wait to give this recipe a try. Love your blog.

—Mike, over 5 years ago

Soup was great. Only inspirations was to add Saffron to Onions, Garlic and JA while the ingrediants were sauting. I then deglaced with Fino. Added a little depth of flavor. Great for a cold Autumm day.

—Patrick Laurent, over 5 years ago

delish! I love the addition of the almonds. It was wonderful.

—Zemi, over 5 years ago

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