Jerusalem Artichoke and Hazelnut Soup with Bacon

Jerusalem artichoke and hazelnut soup

The hazelnuts make this soup much more interesting; I pinched the idea from the Riverford vegetables site (thank you, Jane Baxter), and added some crispy bacon for texture and umami and some celery for a grassy note.The nuts are ground and added at the end of cooking time, with the cream, when the soup is blended. I left mine with a little texture although I must admit it wasn’t by choice – I really, really need a new blender. It is so frustrating. I bought mine around 6 years ago and it wasn’t great then. It is a crime to my kitchen.

For a vegetarian soup, swapping the chicken stock for vegetable and the bacon for crispy parmesan croutons would be delicious.

Jerusalem Artichoke and Hazelnut Soup with Crispy Bacon (serves 4)

500g Jerusalem artichokes, scrubbed and sliced
1 large onion, sliced
1 table spoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 sticks of celery, washed and sliced
900mls chicken stock
100mls single cream
6 rashers bacon
100g hazelnuts, toasted and ground

- Gently fry the onions with the celery for 5 minutes
- Add the garlic and artichokes for 30 seconds
- Add the stock, bring to the boil and then simmer for around 20 minutes
- Meanwhile, grill the bacon until really crispy and chop into pieces
- Blend until smooth, then stir in the hazelnuts and cream
- Top each serving with some of the crispy bacon pieces, and a swirl of olive oil and cream if you remember!

Category: Gluten-free, Meat, Soups, Starters, Vegetables 6 comments »

6 Responses to “Jerusalem Artichoke and Hazelnut Soup with Bacon”

  1. Rasa Malaysia

    Hi there, I found your blog on Facebook Group. What a nice blog you have here. :)

  2. Helen

    I’m so glad you like it. It’s funny as I just discovered your blog too and I love it! Here’s to mutual appreciation…..

  3. Danielle

    This looks delicious! I’m glad you found me on Facebook – I hadn’t come across your blog before, and I love it now that I’m looking through it!

  4. sugarlaws

    yum! this looks great — and i know what you mean about forgetting to finish a dish when all you want to do is eat it! i usually have one bowl of soup that gets garnished, and a second that gets eaten by me while i’m photographing!

  5. Vida

    Hi Helen,

    I love your recipes and I am so glad to have found you. Nice to know I could help with the Chocolate Fudge recipe for your friend. I am so jealous of you having the Borough Market at your disposal!!! I am earmarking a few of your recipes to try… Vida x x x

  6. Helen

    Danielle – now facebook is even more addictive!

    Sugarlaws – I do it all the time. The trouble is I often eat it all the first time round and have to make it again – what a shame!

    Vida – I will be making that choccy fudge recipe asap and I know it is going to be fabulous…


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