i made a really tasty artichoke heart soup last night. i found a recipe online and then tweaked it a little. here is the recipe:
2-3 T olive oil
1 pkg. frozen artichoke hearts (trader joe's)
1 medium leek, white and light green part only, cleaned well and sliced
6 chopped garlic cloves
1 1/2 cup sliced yellow onion
3 shallots, sliced
5 cups vegetable broth (i used the kind that's supposed to taste like chicken broth - i'm veg)
5 cups water
2 bay leaves
3/4 tsp. dried thyme
3/4 tsp. dried parsley (you can use 3-4 Tbs of fresh, too, but then add it with the broth)
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper and salt, to taste
in a soup pot cook the artichoke hearts, leek, garlic, onion, and shallots in the olive oil until they start to brown. add in the bay leaves, dried thyme, and dried parsley and cook a little more. then add the broth, salt, and pepper. bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for an hour.
at the end, if desired, give the 1/2 lemon a quick squeeze into the soup. i didn't do it this time, but i really think it would add a nice flavor.