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Cream of Artichoke Soup

No recipe image available.A delicious cream of artichoke soup seasoned with thyme and fresh lemon juice. This soup may be served warm or chilled.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar
2 large artichokes
1 (14.5-ounce) can reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup water
1 medium shallot, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup half-and-half (light cream)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Combine vinegar with 1 quart of water in a large bowl. Trim stems almost flush with artichoke bottoms so they sit flat. Slice off the top 1/4 of the artichoke and cut tips of leaves with a sharp paring knife or kitchen shears. Periodically rub cut ends with acidulated water to prevent discoloration. Trim outer leaves from artichokes and cut into quarters. Remove and discard fuzzy centers.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine artichokes, chicken broth, water, shallot, lemon juice, thyme, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until artichokes are tender. Drain artichokes, reserving liquid. Scrape flesh from leaves; reserve. Cut artichoke hearts into pieces. Combine strained cooking liquid, artichoke flesh, artichoke hearts and half-and-half (light cream) in a blender. Process until smooth. Taste for seasonings. Serve warm or chilled.

Makes 4 servings.