Making soup is the best kind of kitchen alchemy: You start with a few humble ingredients and wind up with a gem. That’s why we love making these puréed vegetable soups; the components and technique are simple, but the result is a silky, delicious soup that’s refined enough for any elegant first course. The technique is straightforward. First, cook some aromatics (like carrots, onion, celery, garlic, and leeks) to start building the soup’s flavor base. Next, add your favorite vegetable plus some liquid and simmer until tender. Finally, just purée everything in a blender. You won’t believe how easy it is to make something so lovely.
This interactive tool makes it even easier: you just select the vegetable, flavorings, and finishing touches you want to use, and the instructions are generated automatically.
Photo: Scott Phillips