Sunchoke Soup

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“I must learn to love the fool in me–the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries. It alone protects me against that utterly self-controlled, masterful tyrant whom I also harbor and who would rob me of my human aliveness, humility, and dignity but for my Fool.”

― Theodore I. Rubin

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Sunchoke Soup with Cracked Black Pepper

  • 1 pound sunchokes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups peeled, chopped potatoes
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • 2 sweet onions, chopped
  • 4 medium cloves garlic
  • Leaves from 2 sprigs thyme
  • 9 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup whole milk (optional)
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Peel the sunchokes and the potatoes. Cut into dice-sized chunks.

Heat butter or oil in a heavy-bottomed large pot. Add onions, garlic, and thyme, and stir until the onions begin to brown. Add the broth. Stir. Then add potatoes and sunchokes. Cook covered for 5 minutes, then uncovered for 15 minutes until chokes and taters are softened. Add apple juice and lemon juice, cook for another 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in milk.

Working in batches, transfer the soup mixture to a blender, remove the middle-nob so that steam can escape and cover with a paper towel as to not burn yourself with soup splatters. Puree until smooth in batches, each time adding some of the butter to the blender. Serve with a healthy amount of fresh black pepper.

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  1. Medha

    Beautiful words and beautiful recipe! I love sunchokes , they makes creamiest soups. Gorgeous pictures as always!

    Here’s to the fool in all of us! Cheers!


  2. Becki @ Bites 'n Brews

    I’ve never heard of a sunchoke before, but this looks delicious! Off to Google to figure it out!


  3. Grace

    Absolutely stunning. Love the mood of the photographs.


  4. Katrina @ WVS

    This sounds lovely! Yum!


  5. molly yeh

    ok so my one experience with sunchokes resulted in having terrible tummy troubles and a burping fit (sorry, tmi…) but THEN i was sitting at my desk at my old job and the world got all shakey and swirly and i thought that it was the sunchokes in tummy… but it was an earthquake! in new york city! it was crazy and it made me not want to eat sunchokes anymore… but these photos… yes, these photos are enough to make me go back on that.


  6. Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate

    Sunchokes are so delicious, especially pureed into soups like this! I am sure adding the potatoes makes it extra silky!


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  8. sina

    photos so beautiful they make me want to make this soup, eve though I have never taste a sunchoke.


  9. Emma

    We call these Jerusalem artichokes in the UK. I think I like the name sunchokes better – it’s so cheery.

    Truly inspiring photos, as always.


  10. Ema Williamson

    Oh, these images are lovely (as per usual). I think would be quite content living in the light in which your photographs are taken – it’s so creamy and calm.


  11. shellsten

    HOW do you manage the light in your perfect photos? It’s always so splendid. I’d love to know.


  12. becca

    gorgeous and beautiful recipe and words. as usual, I love you(r space) more than anything else because of the genuineness and the beauty coming from that.

    keep on doing what you’re doing.


  13. Jenny

    Well, my curiosity is ‘peaked’! I have never heard of sunchokes, nor do I think I’ve ever eaten them!? I must investigate this delicious-ness…and from where it comes??? You never cease to amaze! :)


  14. Coco in the Kitchen

    Sunchokes are so delicious. Never had them any way other than in pickled form.
    This soup looks so comforting. I’m going to make it for my family tonight!!


  15. Keith

    Every time I look at your website I am just gobsmacked at how beautiful it is! In sort of a Pavlovian way I have come to feel a sense of peace and contentment just opening your emails and clicking on the link… feels like a warm cup of tea on a cool morning on my porch! Thanks so much!


  16. Erin

    Yay! I just dug up over half a crisper drawer full of jerusalem artichokes from just one plant and had been on the hunt to figure out what to do with them! Thanks for sharing, I will be making this over the weekend.


  17. Gintare @Gourmantine

    Lovely words, photos and such a delightful recipe. Sunchokes are so underused, but are so delicious!


  18. Debs

    I was looking for something to do with the rest of my sunchokes. I made a pretty relish for Christmas gifts.
    I was wondering if they would make a good soup, and was going to search for a recipe before I shop… looks like I found one!
    The photos really are beautiful. Thanks.


  19. sarah

    These photographs are so.beautiful. xo


  20. Skye

    What beautiful photos – so evocative. You have made me want to make soup.


  21. Margarita

    beautiful pictures as always and a delicious recipe to boot! i love the truth in those words.


  22. Jennifer Allison

    i know…this has NOTHING to do with sunchokes or soup…but we keep getting the teeniest glimpses of your sweet engagement bauble..and i wonder…might you consider showing us ‘up close’? would love to really SEE it. :)


  23. Jacki Maynard

    That quote is lovely, I needed that today. Sometimes I feel like that Fool is merely a by-product of my unenlightened self. (I’ve been practicing a lot of meditation lately) But I think it’s true, our foolishness can never completely be wiped out and shouldn’t be, if it were we would lose our connection to humanity. I think this quote is especially important for WOMEN, who are constantly told to stop crying, lower their voices, chill out. No, no, no, these feelings are so much more than something to be “worked on” or “quieted.” They give us power, power of sympathy, of empathy, of understanding. Loving this blog, it’s beautiful! Thank you.


  24. molly

    lovely, tip to tail.


  25. Ashley

    I have to admit I’ve never had a sunchoke before! Very interested to see what they’re like. I think these may be my favorite set of photos you two have posted on HY. Such warm + simple beauty. I especially love 5, 8, 12. Actually, 12 belongs in a frame on a wall. Always inspiring.


  26. Jess

    Thanks for sharing such a lovely quote and an AMAZING recipe. Can’t wait to try it!


  27. Sini

    A beautiful quote and a heartwarming pot of soup. Sunchoke soup is one of my absolute favorites.


  28. Kat

    Looks divine, will have to try. So glad to have found your blog some time ago, such a treat.


  29. Kathryn

    The beauty of your words and pictures so often takes my breath away. Thank you, both of you.


  30. Angela Brown

    What a beautiful post! I just discovered your site and am having so much fun browsing through your content. I admit that I’ve never cooked with sunchokes, though this recipe looks like a good way to open the door to some experimentation. Really beautiful pictures! Thanks again for sharing — I’ll be back again soon :)


  31. Ali @ Foodpix Vancouver Photography

    As a food photographer and food lover I have to say pictures of this blog is so amazing. perfect colour grading and camera angles. Will be your followers from now on.


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  33. Kathi

    Oh, your photos are so cozy. We at mapnsave are following your blog now. We love to eat and we love to save money on food. Come visit us, please.


  34. Sarah

    Your photography is inspiring. This soup sounds just up my alley – adding it to the menu rotation!


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