Hearty Cream of Vegetable Soup
This cream of vegetable soup is warm and satisfying, perfect for colder months. It's thickened by the natural starch from the potatoes and hot cream.
- Serves: 6 persons
- 2medium carrots (peeled)
- 2stalks celery
- ½medium turnip
- 1cup cabbage (shredded)
- ½cup leek (white part, chopped)
- 1medium potato ( Russet or other starchy type)
- 2tablespoons butter (unsalted)
- 1medium onion (peeled and roughly chopped)
- 1clove garlic (peeled and crushed)
- ½cup white wine (dry)
- 1quart broth (vegetable or stock)
- 1pinch salt (kosher)
- 1pinch white pepper (ground, to taste)
- ¼cup cream (hot)
Step 1Cut carrots, celery, and turnip into (roughly) same-sized pieces, about ½ inch to 1 inch thick. (Don't worry about precision—the soup is going to be puréed anyway. We just want the pieces to be of uniform size so that they cook evenly.)
Step 2Peel the potato and cut it into pieces about the same size as the other vegetables.
Step 3In a heavy-bottomed soup pot, heat the butter over a low-to-medium heat.
Step 4Add the onion, garlic, and all the vegetables except the potato and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until the onion is slightly translucent, stirring more or less continuously.
Step 5Add the wine and cook for another minute or two or until the wine seems to have reduced by about half.
Step 6Add the vegetable stock, increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Then lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, then add the potato. Simmer another 15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft enough that they can easily be pierced with a knife. Don't let them get mushy, though.
Step 7Remove from heat and let cool a few minutes. Then transfer to blender and purée, working in batches if necessary. Tip: Use care when processing hot items in a blender as the hot steam can sometimes blow the blender lid off. Start on a slow speed with the lid slightly ajar to vent any steam, then seal the lid and increase the blending speed.
Step 8Return puréed soup to pot and bring to a simmer again, adding more broth or stock to adjust the thickness if necessary.
Step 9Season to taste with Kosher salt and white pepper. Stir the cup hot cream into the soup just before serving. Or garnish each individual soup bowl with a dollop or swirl of hot cream.