Melissa argues that a pot of vegetable soup doesn't need truffles, dairy, or other gilded additions to surpass such dull sludge. As evidence she exhibits this Spanish soup: Olla Gitana (Gypsy Pot) from Anya von Bremzen's The New Spanish Table. With a host of delicious things (chickpeas, almonds, tomatoes, saffron, pumpkin) it stands out as an especially delicious example of the genre.
Read her whole piece — it's a cheering section for vegetable soup!
• Get Melissa's recipe and read her full piece on vegetable soup: Gypsy Pot, or the Art of Vegetable Soup at The Traveler's Lunchbox
What are your thoughts on vegetable soup? Do you have favorite recipes or techniques for making a vegetable soup stand out?
(Images: Emma Christensen; Melissa Kronenthal)