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My Go-To Soup Formula Is a Cold-Weather Revelation

Here are six secrets to amazing blended soup—no matter what's in your pantry. The umami of sautéed onions is elemental when building flavor, so start every soup by cooking onions. Don't try to stew every vegetable in the kitchen. Instead, just showcase one fresh ingredient. Avoid the urge to add cream; simmering your soup ingredients in water yields a natural broth. Spices can dramatically lift a plain soup, but too many different flavors can make it muddy, so season simply. Blend soup before adjusting any seasoning. The blender melds flavors and covers flaws. Top every bowl of hot soup with a garnish that adds flavor, color, or texture.

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