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Thanksgiving dinner might descend into a face-cramming marathon of turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, but if you start the meal with a bowl of light, creamy, perfectly seasoned soup, your dinner will feel downright elegant, if only for a moment. These eight soups rely on the hearty vegetables of late fall and early winter — roasted carrots, butternut squash, cauliflower — and dress them up with holiday-worthy garnishes like buttered pecans and spicy toasted pumpkin seeds.

Soups like these freeze well, you can make a few batches this weekend and cross at least one course off your to-do list.

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Roasted Beet Soup with Fennel and Orange

Do you serve soup as a starter at your Thanksgiving meal? Any favorite recipes?