If you think of soup as a cold-weather comfort food, it’s time to think again. Soup can be just the thing for light, healthy summertime eating. Some are cold soups—gazpacho being the most famous but by no means the only example. Others are hot, but lighter and brighter in texture and flavor than their wintertime cousins. Soups are also an excellent way to use up summer’s abundance of vegetables, and they’re dead easy.
If you don’t have fresh herbs, then you can’t go wrong by adding two teaspoons of dried oregano or an Italian spice mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste, and stir the pot. After several minutes, the colors of the vegetables will begin to deepen into more vivid, beautiful shades. That’s when it is time to add either vegetable broth or chicken broth.