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Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Sunchoke and Sausage Soup

I adapted this recipe from one I found on multiple internet sites. I'm not sure who to credit. I saw one post that claimed the soup was an attempt to copy a dish served at Vermillion Restaurant in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.


Sunchoke and Sausage Soup

Serves 6

4 slices bacon, diced (it can be pork or turkey bacon)
1 pd sausage, turkey or Italian (if you have links, remove the sausage from the casings)
1 pd sunchokes (Jerusalem artichokes) peeled, halved and cut into 1/2-in slices
6 small white potatoes, peeled and halved 
3 stalks celery, diced
1/2 large onion
1 leek, white and light green parts, chopped
3 c fresh spinach or swiss chard, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 quart chicken or vegetable stock
1/2 c chopped parsley
2 T chopped fresh basil
2 T chopped fresh oregano
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1/4-1/2 teas sweet paprika
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 c all-purpose flour
1 c water

Cook the bacon and sausage, onion, celery, leek in a large saucepan or Dutch oven until the bacon and sausage are browned and the onion and celery are softened. Add the sunchokes and potatoes and pour in the stock. Stir in the parsley, basil, oregano, cayenne, paprika, and salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, covered. Lower the heat to medium-low and cook slowly for 30 minutes.

Put the flour and the water in a small bowl or container and stir vigorously until no lumps remain. Pour into the soup and continue simmering, covered for 10 minutes. Stir in the spinach (or chard) and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes until the broth is thickened and the greens have wilted. 


I harvest sunchokes when garden herbs have frozen. I have used dried oregano and basil as a substitute and it is still good. 

Consider brightening with lemon juice or a bit of wine vinegar.

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