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Sunchoke Soup with Pumpkin Seeds

Source: Étoile in Yountville, CA

Sunchoke Soup with Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients for about 4 people

  • 8 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 pounds sunchokes (aka Jerusalem artichokes)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup leek, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 7 cups vegetable broth
  • cream
  • white pepper, ground
  • Garnishes
  • Shelled pumpkin seeds, toasted
  • Sautéed chanterelle mushrooms
  • Pumpkin seed oil (optional)


  1. Mix 8 cups water and vinegar in large bowl. Working with 1 Jerusalem artichoke at a time, peel and place in vinegar water to prevent discoloration. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onion, leek, and garlic; sprinkle with salt and sauté until soft and translucent, stirring often, about 12 minutes. Drain sunchokes; rinse well and drain again. Cut into 1-inch pieces. Add to onion mixture and sauté 5 minutes. Add 7 cups vegetable broth, increase heat to high, and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until artichokes are very tender, about 1 hour. Cool slightly.
  3. Working in batches, puree soup in blender until very smooth. Return to pot. Rewarm soup, adding more broth by 1/4 cupfuls if needed to thin. Stir in cream and season to taste with salt and white pepper. Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool, cover, and chill. Rewarm before continuing.
  4. Divide soup among bowls and garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds; top with a drizzle of pumpkin seed oil and some sautéed mushrooms, if desired.