Soup makes for a gentle transition to dinner, whether it be a sit-down meal or a casual buffet. Served in warm demitasse cups, it won’t try your guests’ appetites too much.
These rich vegetable soups can be made well ahead of time and even frozen. The trick is adding just enough cream to give them a smooth finish. You’ll find that a little cream goes a long way.
For the best results, cook the vegetables until they’re very soft and puree in a blender, in two batches if necessary. Let them cool off before pureeing; the splatters can be very hot.