Cream of artichoke soup with labneh

January 20, 2010  • 

This is not the kind of news that will make headlines on FOX News or other major stations but I heard it on EuroNews and thought I would share it with you:www.euronews.net/2010/01/18/earthquake-in-haiti-palestinians-in-gaza-donate-to-haiti/

Today, I decided to simply make soup.  I had already boiled a chicken yesterday and had some good stock to spare. Let’s check the pantry…perfect! A can of artichoke hearts. Ready, set, go!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8  cups of chicken stock
  • 1 can of artichoke bottoms or hearts  (fresh, frozen, canned)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, mashed with a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup of labneh
  • seasonings consisting of salt, white pepper, a dash of grated nutmeg.
  • 1 large baked potato (or use a small bag of  dried potato flakes), peeled and cut in squares.
  • For garnish: pita bread, brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with sumacand toasted.

METHOD:

  1. Place the chicken stock,  artichoke bottoms or hearts and potato  in a pan and heat to boiling until the potato is cooked.
  2. Puree the mixture in a blender and return to the pan. Add the potato flakes if using instead of the potato.
  3. Season and taste to adjust. Brush the pita with some olive oil, sprinkle some sumac powder and toast in the oven.
  4. Serve the soup with the pita crisps and a dollop of labneh.

NOTE: You can add the labneh when pureeing the soup.

TO MAKE LABNEH:

  • Take a coffee filter and set it on a sieve over a small bowl. Place some yoghurt on the filter (or you can use a paper towel or a piece of cotton calico).
  • Let the yoghurt drain itself of its whey. You can have labneh in a few hours or let it sit overnight for better results.
  • Use the labneh in the soup and also as a dip with pita and some olives.

 

artichoke soup

Comments

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  1. Rosa says:

    Mmmmhhh, that soup must be divine!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. Rachana Kothari says:

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  3. dana says:

    what an ingenuous way to incorporate labne in lieu of sour cream into a soup!!

  4. Ivy says:

    I would gladly eat this bowl of soup but unfortunately my children don’t like artichokes.

  5. TastyTrix says:

    You know, I could easily just give up my blog and make your recipes every single day! I am serious, they’re all so interesting and beautiful.

  6. northshorewoman says:

    this soup looks like it tastes lovely.

    Thank you for posting the clip on Palestinians in Gaza donating to the Haitian peoples. What a heart warming reminder of the absolute bottomless well of generosity of Arab peoples.

  7. sophia says:

    Wow, that looks amzing!!! I can’t believe it doesn’t have cream in it…it looks so luscious and rich, like bechamel sauce!

  8. HistoryOf GreekFood says:

    Who can feel more compassion for the people of Haiti than those experiencing suffering?

  9. delices eyes says:

    Une soupe très originale, bravo.
    Bonne journée

  10. Sophie says:

    A georgous & very tasty & inviting soup, Joumana!

  11. Meeta says:

    I love labneh with anything really! and artichokes too. I have to admit though I ahve never made the soup at home, often enjoyed it at restaurants – so I am looking forward to making this!

  12. Bethany says:

    Fabulous combination! Love labneh! BTW will you be joining us in June? Would love to meet you x

  13. oum mouncifrayan says:

    moi aussi je participe à ce joli jeu!! ta soupe est excellente!! bravo

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  15. Peter says:

    Labneh & Greek yogurt make this soup a winner. I assume preserved artichokes are big in your cuisine? I see many brands at…..Nasr Foods! lol

  16. Mimi says:

    What a delilcious and creamy looking soup.
    Mimi

  17. Nick says:

    I gotta give it to you: that looks fantastic.

    Fortunately for me, I get to eat it without having to go through the effort of preparing it. Oh, the joys of being royalty!

  18. spice says:

    I have to say love this one….have to try this sometime….

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