The biggest hit of this year’s Thanksgiving was my Sunchoke Soup with Sage Croutons and Pancetta. Sunchokes (commonly know as Jerusalem Artichokes) are those weird little knobby things that look a little bit like Ginger Root, but have such a great flavor. Paired with the saltiness of diced Pancetta and the crunchy sage infused Croutons - you will fall in love with this soup.
Sunchoke Soup with Sage Croutons
Creamy Soup with Crispy Sage Croutons and Pancetta
Total Time: Serving Size:
- 2 lbs Sunchokes (cut into 1" pieces)
- 3 Leeks (white parts only, cleaned and chopped roughly)
- 1 Fennel Bulb (core removed, chopped roughly)
- 2 chopped roughly Celery Stalks
- 4 smashed Garlic Cloves
- 1 Sachet (Peppercorns, Thyme and Bay Leaf)
- 2 qt Low Sodium Chicken Stock
- 1/2 Cups Heavy Cream
- Salt and Pepper (To Taste)
- 2 Slices Leftover Bread (crusts removed, cut into small cubes)
- 3 Sage Leaves
- 1 T Butter
- 4 oz small dice Pancetta
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Lay your Sunchokes out on a sheet tray lined with a silpat. Generously drizzle Olive Oil all over it and season with salt and pepper. Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes, or until completely knife tender.
- Meanwhile in a large soup pot heat up some Olive Oil, and add in your leeks, fennel, celery, garlic, and sachet. Cook for about 8 minutes (or until your vegetables start to soften), then add in your roasted sunchokes. Stir and cook another 2 minutes.
- Add in your chicken stock. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook for at least 30 minutes. Taste and season with Salt and Pepper. Add in your Heavy cream and cook another 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile make your garnishes. In a small non-stick sauté pan, melt your 1 T of Butter, add in the sage leaves and cook for about a minute. Add in your bread cubes and cook til golden brown. Remove and let drain on a paper towel. In the same sauté pan, add your Pancetta and cook til crispy. Drain on a towel and save to garnish the soup.
- Once your soup is done, in batches, add to a Vitamix and puree til smooth. Pass through a sieve. Pour into soup bowls and garnish with croutons, pancetta and a few fennel fronds.