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Creamy Artichoke Soup

September 15th, 2009

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I heart Giada’s Creamy Artichoke Soup. It’s quick, rich and luxurious with the full-bodied, earthy flavor of fresh artichokes. If you love the taste of artichokes but you’re intimidated by this edible thistle- this recipes for you. Do not, I repeat, do not used canned artichokes!!!  This elegant soup is quite impressive and is a staple during the holidays at my home.

Creamy Artichoke Soup

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 marscapone cheese
2 tablespoons chopped chives, for garnish

Heat olive oil in a heavy, large pot over medium heat. Add the leeks and the garlic and stir. Add the potatoes and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the artichokes, stock, salt, and pepper and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.

Using a handheld immersion blender, or in a blender in batches*, puree the soup. Add the 2 tablespoons mascarpone and blend again to combine. In a small bowl, stir the remaining 1/3 cup mascarpone to soften.

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.

* 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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  • 1 CinnamonQuill Sep 17, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Wow; I can’t imagine how this tastes! I am very eager to make it…I’ve never seen frozen artichoke hearts; are they difficult to find?

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