Cream of Artichoke Soup




i make this soup with an optional spicy twist.

Whenever I find myself near Pescadero, California, I stop at Duarte's Tavern and have a bowl of 1/2 Cream of Artichoke soup and 1/2 Cream of Green Chile soup.   It's not actually listed on their menu this way; just ask your waitress.  Trust me, the two combined are better than either one alone.

But I couldn't get all the way to Pescadero today, so I did the next best thing.... I made a batch at home. Happily, I found Duarte's recipe for the Cream of Artichoke soup.  Sadly, my local market didn't carry frozen artichoke hearts for which the recipe called.  So I did a little substitution. The following recipe is how I tweaked the original and it came out every bit as tasty.

Cream of Artichoke Soup with a Green Chile Twist

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 medium/small red onion
  • 3 (14) oz. cans of artichoke hearts (make sure they are not marinated!)
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

FOR MY OPTIONAL SPICY TWIST - 1 tsp Herdez Medium Guacamole Salsa for every 2 cups of Cream of Artichoke soup

directions

  1. Melt butter in large sauce pan over medium heat.
  2. Add garlic and onion; cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add artichokes; cook until soft, about 5 more minutes.
  4. Add chicken stock; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  5. Transfer stock and vegetables to a blender; puree until smooth.
  6. Return to sauce pan, add cream and simmer over low heat for 25 minutes. If you want a thicker soup, continue to simmer for up to 45 minutes.
  7. Transfer about two cups of hot soup to a serving bowl. If you want the optional green chile flavor, add one teaspoon of Herdez Medium Guacamole Salsa in the middle.
  8. Serve hot.

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Double your recipe

Soups are easy to make in large batches, and are one of the most freezer-friendly dishes around. So, double up on ingredients, grab a larger pot and make two meals instead of one. (See tips on freezing below.)

Sweat the vegetables

To make a good soup, you have to build flavours as you go. Vegetables like onion, garlic, celery and carrots — referred to as ‘aromatics’ — are part of most soup recipes for this very reason, sautéed in oil or butter as a first step of flavour-making. Be sure they’re cooked long enough to be softened (and release their flavour) before moving on to the next step.

Consider each ingredient’s cook time

A tiny pea will cook much faster than a cube of carrot. Stagger the addition of vegetables so that they’re all finished cooking as close together as possible.


How To Make Vegetable Soup Without A Recipe

Chop in spoon sizes

When chopping vegetables, think about how big you want them to be on the spoon. Even hearty, rustic soups should have well chopped, reasonably sized vegetables. Greens such as spinach and kale also need to be chopped, or they will be difficult to eat.

Salt your soup sparingly

Depending on the ingredients you’re adding, you don’t always know how much salt is going in. Many stocks have high levels of sodium, as do canned beans, vegetables and tomato paste. For this reason, save most of your seasoning until the end. Taste and adjust with salt and pepper as needed.

Take stock of your stock

When it comes to making clear, brothy soups, the stock that you use is the most important ingredient. Poorly flavoured stock will ruin the entire pot of soup. For clear soups, homemade broth is always the best choice. If that isn’t an option for you, purchase butcher’s broth instead of grocery store brands. (You can cheat puréed and cream soups with canned broth in a pinch.)

Simmer, simmer, simmer

Once soup has come to a boil, reduce to a simmer and make sure that it stays there. Boil things too vigorously, and the vegetables will get mushy, the meat will toughen, and the noodles will start to break down.

Know your noodles

When making noodle soups, do not cook the noodles separately. Add noodles as the final addition, and cook until tender, allowing the noodles to take on the flavour of the soup. Noodles that are cooked separately will lack flavour and break down when addedBut: If you plan on freezing your soup, don’t add the noodles. Instead add them once it has been thawed and brought back to a boil. The noodles will taste much fresher this way.

Add cream…

Creamy soups are generally thicker than clear soups — but shouldn’t be too thick. The consistency of whipping cream is the thickest they should be. Note: Cream should be warmed before adding to soup to prevent curdling.

…or milk

Cold milk will curdle if added directly to a simmering soup, so it too should be warmed. Milk also doesn’t react well to boiling. If adding milk (in place of cream) to thicken the soup, take a moment to anticipate how much it will thin it out once added. When ready, remove soup from heat and stir in warm milk.

Portion the servings

If you’re serving a hot soup, make sure it’s just that — piping hot. Also, the ideal serving size for an appetizer portion is about 1 cup (250ml), while a meal portion is about 1 1/3 cups (350ml).

Cool it

Let hot soups cool at room temperature, uncovered for 1 to 1/2 hours — or until almost at room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until cold. Soups can last in the fridge for up to three days.

Freeze it

Freeze soups after they have been chilled overnight in the fridge. Soups will last up to two months in the freezer.