Jerusalem Artichoke & Smoked Gouda Soup

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Preparation Time 10 minutes Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 Cost Per Serving $1.38
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1 lb (2 cups)Jerusalem Artichokes, scrubbed well or peeled and roughly chopped
1/2 lb (1 cup)Yellow or Red Skin Potato, peeled and roughly chopped
1Large Onion, roughly chopped
6 cupsVegetable or Chicken Stock
1 tspFennel Seed
1/2Lemon, juiced
1/4 cupSmoked Gouda Cheese, grated
1 tbspOlive Oil
To TasteSea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  1. ​Add olive oil to a large pot over medium heat. Add diced onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add fennel seeds, stir and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
  2. Add Jerusalem artichokes, potato, a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. Add stock, bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 25 minutes or until Jerusalem artichokes and potatoes are soft.
  4. Add lemon juice and gouda cheese. Puree with hand blender or carefully transfer to stand blender and puree until smooth.


  • Jerusalem artichokes, also known as sunchokes, are members of the sunflower family. Jerusalem artichokes contain a type of fibre called inulin, a prebiotic. Prebiotics act as food for the healthy bacteria in your colon. These prebiotics may improve calcium absorption, promote a healthy digestive system and reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
  • Large amounts of inulin can cause gas and bloating in some people, so if you haven’t tried Jerusalem artichokes before start with a ¼ cup serving. 
  • Jerusalem artichokes are a good source of thiamine (vitamin B1) and iron. Thiamine is needed to turn the carbohydrates, protein and fats we eat into energy. Thiamine is also needed for healthy functioning of the brain and nervous system. It may also help strengthen the immune system. Iron is used to carry oxygen from our lungs to other parts of the body. Not getting enough iron can lead to iron-deficiency anemia, which can make you feel tired and weak.