Jerusalem artichoke & horseradish soup

Jerusalem artichoke & horseradish soup

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(11 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 4
A hearty and satisfying soup, perfect for the winter months

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal243
  • fat15g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs24g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre6g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.63g
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  • 650g Jerusalem artichokes, scrubbed
    Jerusalem artichoke

    Jerusalem artichoke

    jer-oo-sa-lem ar-tee-choke

    This vegetable is not truly an artichoke, but a variety of sunflower with a lumpy, brown-skinned…

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 600g vegetable stock
  • 1 medium potato diced
  • 1 tbsp horseradish sauce
    Horseradish root on a wooden chopping board


    hors rad-ish

    Horseradish root is larger than an ordinary radish, and has a hot, peppery flavour.


  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh chives plus extra to garnish
  • 4 tbsp double cream


  1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Put the artichokes in a roasting tin and drizzle with the oil. Bake for 30 mins until tender. remove from the oven, then set aside to cool.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large pan, bring the stock to the boil, add the potato and simmer for 5-10 mins until tender. When the artichokes are cool enough to handle, carefully peel away the skins and transfer the flesh to a food processor. Add the potatoes and a little of the vegetable stock, then process until smooth.

  3. Return the processed mixture to the remaining stock, stir together and heat gently through. Stir in the horseradish sauce and chopped chives, then season generously to taste. Ladle the soup into bowls and top each with a tablespoon of the cream. Serve soup garnished with the fresh chives.

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1st Dec, 2016
Instead of baking artichokes I peel them from raw and grill for a few min, then cook with the stock and potato. It is good enough without horseradish sauce ( I couldn't buy any but had horseradish in a jar from polish shelf and later added one tbsp. It was very good but overpowering taste of artichokes).
1st Feb, 2015
Delicious and easy to make. I had no problem skinning the artichokes (I gave them an extra 10 mins in the oven to be sure) and just heated the soup through with a glug of milk instead of cream. I also used chopped parsley instead of chives. These changes make it an easier standby recipe.
22nd May, 2013
Delicious and easy. Make sure the artichokes are cooked by testing with a knife. Let them get completely cold and the skins will just slip off easily.
22nd May, 2013
Delicious and easy. Make sure the artichokes are cooked by testing with a knife. Let them get completely cold and the skins will just slip off easily.
16th May, 2011
Very easy to make. My other half thought it was the best soup I've made in a long time. I was a little unsure about the horseradish flavour. It was nice, but a bit too rich for me.
1st Feb, 2011
I have marked this recipe down, because whilst it is very tasty & I have made it a couple of times, the method stated here is a right old palaver! I tried the method the first time and think that my artichokes were also undercooked, so peeling them was a complete nightmare! I now peel them from raw and cook them in the stock with the potato - much less hassle and I cannot see that it make a huge difference.
12th Jan, 2014
Good idea! That makes much more sense - and a lot less washing up!
24th Jan, 2011
Not a big success, for me. Some of it was due to a mistake - 30 minutes was not enough for the jerusalem artichokes to become really tender, and I did not notice until after they were cooled down, so I peeled the half-cooked artichokes and thought I'd give them more simmering / boiling time once blended, which turned out not to be an effective solution. That mistake aside, I discovered that jerusalem artichokes are not very iconic or memorable or interesting in taste. The horseradish infuses the soup with flavour - but I imagine there must be easier ways to create a horseradish soup. Finally, the warning I read about jerusalem artichokes and digestive gas buildup was pretty much an understatement. So, on the whole, the recipe was not fool proof (well, not proof against this particular fool, at any rate), not all that tasty, and the finished product had quite memorable digestive side effects for about 24 hours.
22nd Feb, 2009
This tastes REALLY nice. The portion size was about right for 2 people, and peeling the artichokes takes a while, but it was well worth it.
12th Apr, 2008
A simple, excellent soup that is fit for any occasion.
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