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Sunchoke Soup with Bacon Hash

This soup is bright with sunchoke flavour and scented with smoke. The perfect comfort on a cold winter day. Yield: 8 cups or 4 hearty bowls of soup.
Course Soup
Cuisine Canadian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 cups
Author Valerie Lugonja inspired by Chef Christopher Chafe at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge


  • 1/4 Spanish onion or 50g , minced
  • 3 cloves of garlic , minced
  • 15 g whole butter
  • 650 g fresh peeled Sunchoke (Jerusalem artichokes)
  • 500 g Chicken stock
  • 5 g salt
  • 200 mlL whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon

Ingredients for Bacon Hash:

  • 100 g yellow potato peeled , and diced in very small cubes (brunoise)
  • 150 g thick bacon , sliced into lardons


Instructions for Bacon Hash:

  1. In a sauce pan on low heat cook bacon until fat has leached out and bacon becomes crispy; remove bacon
  2. Add potatoes and cook in bacon fat until the potatoes become crispy; toss with bacon and season to taste

Instructions for Soup:

  1. Peel sunchokes and keep in water so they do not discolor
  2. Sweat onions, garlic, butter on low heat until softened and translucent (no color)
  3. Add 650g peeled sunchokes (discard soaking water) and chicken stock with 5 g salt; simmer on medium heat until tender (approximately 40 minutes)
  4. Moments before serving, add juice and zest of 1/2 lemon and smoked paprika; add in milk; to combine well and adjust final seasoning with salt and pepper

Thermomix Instructions for Soup:

  1. No need to peel sunchokes, just wash or scrub clean
  2. Scale onions and garlic into TM bowl; chop for 1 second on Turbo
  3. Using a spatula, scrape ingredients from bowl toward the blades
  4. Scale in butter; saute for 2 minutes at 100C, speed 2
  5. Scale 650g sunchokes into TM bowl
  6. Scale in chicken stock adding 5 g salt; cook for 20 minutes at Varoma, speed 2 (at about 15 minutes, sunchokes will start to breakdown)
  7. Puree until silky smooth for 30 seconds going from 0-10 in 20 seconds and leave on 10 for remaining 10 seconds or Turbo for 10 seconds three times
  8. Moments before serving, add juice and zest of 1/2 lemon and smoked paprika; scale in milk; stir for 5 seconds at speed 3-4 and adjust final seasoning with salt and pepper

Putting it all together:

  1. Place equal portions of bacon hash into the bottom of each soup bowl; gently pour soup over top
  2. Server immediately

Recipe Notes

Add the lemon zest and juice to the soup just before adding the cream; add these ingredients, and reseason just before serving.