Craving yet more soup, I made this recipe. It was really easy to make, and tasted pretty good. I drizzled in some of the homemade creme fraiche from the golden vegetable soup, and I think that really brightened up the flavor. And as you can see, I added a ton of "everyday seasoning" from Trader Joe's.
Recipe: Creamy Artichoke Soup (from Everyday Italian)
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 leeks, white parts only, washed well and chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small potato, peeled and chopped
1 package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
2 cups vegetable stock
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
creme fraiche, for serving
Heat olive oil in a heavy, large stockpot over medium heat. Add the leeks and garlic and stir. Add the potatoes and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. (Be careful that your oil isn't too hot, or the potatoes will just stick to the bottom and scorch!) Add the artichokes, stock, salt and pepper, and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.
Using a handheld immersion blender, puree the soup. Ladle the soup into serving bowls, swirl in some creme fraiche, and sprinkle with your favorite seasoning.