This simple artichoke soup is hearty and heavenly in taste and texture. It is simple to make and full of flavor. Serve it with a main dish, or make it your light and healthy meal.

You will love this simple artichoke soup recipe is creamy, without using cream, and still has enough pieces of artichoke to create a little texture. The fresh herbs add an earthy balance to complement the artichokes. Add a little drizzle of olive oil at the end and enjoy it with guest and family all year long. The mild and subtle flavor of artichoke and herbs will have you craving this after the first try.

Serve with Softest No Knead Bread

artichoke soup in a bowl with toasted bread

Using Frozen Artichokes to Make Artichoke Soup

Since boiling and preparing artichokes is a hefty task and takes a lot of time I am cutting a corner and using frozen artichokes. If I am going to go through all the trouble of preparing an artichoke I would rather enjoy it fresh rather than turn it into a soup. By nature frozen artichokes are a tad more acidic since there is a citric acid to preserve freshness. You won’t taste that a bit in this recipe with the added herbs, olive oil, and vegetable stock. I like to buy mine at Trader Joe’s they are only a few cents more than a single fresh artichoke and takes way less time to prep. Most grocery stores carry frozen artichokes in the vegetable freezer section.

artichoke soup in a bowl with toasted bread

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Adding a touch of olive oil at the end will give the soup a deliciously sweet aromatic flavor. When adding olive oil in this way it is important that the olive oil is good quality. Here a couple of oils that you can purchase online if you aren’t familiar with high quality olive oils. Look for “cold pressed” as a general rule. If you want it for salad dressing or eating raw look for “robust”.

These are bigger brand names. If you have a local olive oil dispensary near you- go check them out and support local!


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artichoke soup in a bowl with toasted bread

Simple Artichoke Soup Italian Recipe

  • Author: Elena Davis
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian


This artichoke soup is hearty and heavenly in taste and texture. It is simple to make and full of flavor. Serve it with a main dish, or make it your light and healthy meal. 


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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (more for serving)
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh or dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon fresh or dried rosemary
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 small potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1 (8-ounce) package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
  • 3 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup of parsley for garnish


  1. Heat olive oil in a heavy, large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, shallot, and the garlic and stir. Add the potatoes and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the artichokes, 2 cups of the stock (reserve 1 cup), herbs, salt, and pepper and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Using a handheld immersion blender, or in a blender in batches*, puree the soup. Add more of the stock as you blend the vegetables. Keep blending and use remaining stock.  At this point you can blend until you reach your desired consistency. I like mine a little chunky to taste piece of artichoke. You can keep blending until it is more smooth if you desire. 
  3. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil, a few springs of parsley, and toasted bread. 


* if using a blender make sure the soup cools for at least 15 minutes before blending

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