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Leek and Sunchoke Soup

1 lb Sunchokes
1/2 Lemon ; Juice of
2 ts Olive oil
1 lg Bunch leeks; chopped, (white part only)
1 md Onion; chopped
1 Inner stalk celery; with leaves
1 Garlic clove; chopped
3 c Low-salt no-fat chicken stock
1 c Water
1/2 ts Dried tarragon
Salt and pepper; to taste
1/2 c No-fat yogurt
Minced Italian flat-leaf parsley for garnish


Wash, peel and slice the sunchokes and drop them into a bowl of cold water with the juice of 1/2 lemon as they are being prepared. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil and saute the leeks, onion, and celery, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes or until soft. Add the sunchokes and garlic and saute a few minutes longer. Add the chicken stock, water, and tarragon. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes or until the sunchokes are tender. Let cool slightly. Puree in a blender with the yogurt and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Heat through and ladle into soup bowls. Garnish with a sprinkle of parsley.

Makes 6 servings.


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