Sunchoke Cauliflower Soup with Quick Parsley Walnut Pesto

This soup is simple and comforting. The sunchoke flavor shines through, but the cauliflower mellows it just slightly. Potatoes or another mild root veggie would do the same thing. The pesto is optional of course, but it adds a nice zing to the soup.   Variations: Swap a few potatoes or parsnips for the cauliflower Use leeks or shallots in place of the onion Omit the optional cream for a vegan soup Top with any pesto or bright, herby sauce you have on hand ... Read more »

About: Sunchokes

Sunchokes, also called Jerusalem artichokes, are tubers that can be prepared like many root vegetables. This unique looking vegetable was cultivated in North America for thousands of years before being sent back to Europe by early explorers, where it quickly gained popularity.   Sunchokes have a mild nutty, sweet flavor and creamy texture when cooked. They're also very nutritious--a good source or iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium. They lend themselves to roasting, sautéing and pureeing, but can also be eaten raw, when sliced thin.  ... Read more »