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  • Tracy L. Dec 13, 2002 02:00 PM

I'm having 3 vegetarian couples over for a soup dinner. I want to make 2 soups one a peanut soup and need advice on what to make for the other soup. The peanut soup has coconut milk, tomatoes, red chiles and root veggies. I'd like a nice contrast but still have it compliment the peanut soup. TIA

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    foodie in lawyer's clothing

    butternut squash soup, no cream

    and

    tomato/basil

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    1. re: foodie in lawyer's clothing

      Would you prefer two hot soups, or a hot soup and a cold soup? If you're looking for a second hot soup, how about a clear broth with Asian accents? Maybe a ginger and lemon-grass broth, or a mushroom broth. Add crisp, colorful veggies (e.g. baby corn, julienned sweet peppers, bamboo shoots, dried fresh or canned exotic mushrooms, etc).

      Gazpacho might be a good choice for a cold soup. Or a cool cucumber soup with little or no dairy, if such a thing exists.

    2. I suggest vichyssoise. Easy, easy and oddly full of flavor for so few ingredients. You'll be contrasting with temperature AND texture. I've never tried a peanut soup, but I've always wanted to. Have you made this one before?

      1. I suggest vichyssoise. Easy, easy and oddly full of flavor for so few ingredients. You'll be contrasting with temperature AND texture. I've never tried a peanut soup, but I've always wanted to. Have you made this one before?

        1. Would split pea soup work? D.

          1. What about carrot ginger or sweetpotato ginger - both with go with a coconut based soup, yet not be redundant.

            1. TWO soups? What are you going for - a yang and yin effect in one bowl? I've seen pictures of that but it always seemed more like a stunt than a culinary concept.

              Why not one soup along with an incredible salad and some marvelous bread? Say cheese sticks and popovers or corn muffins.

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              1. re: Sharuf

                Two soups in one bowl would be too daring for me, interesting concept though. I went to a dinner party where there were 2 or 3 soups and all the guests loved it, it was weird because there were fewer people at that dinner than I am inviting to mine! I plan to have my guests bring salad, bread and dessert. My friends are incredible cooks and really go all out when they have get togethers, they always have an abundance of everything (even for potlucks). I'd like to reciprocate, so having two excellent soups seems appropriate to me. Thanks for your input.

                1. re: Sharuf

                  Sometimes two soups in a bowl work out incredibly well. I've had a tomato-basil paired with potato-leek. And in Mexico I had a cream of corn soup paired with cream of huitaculche (a mushroom that grows on corn)--fantastic. At 5th Floor, we loved a trio of chilled summer tomato soups red, yellow and green, each flavored differently.

                  1. re: Thea

                    How fun and creative. I could see using clear glass bowls and doing a layered effect. Thanks for the suggestions.

                2. At a lunch place nearby to me they specialise in soups for working people who take it away and eat it at their desk (I confess to be one of these). They try to make two contrasting soups each day - one identified as Bold and the other, Simple. They figure that everyone will like at least one or the other. It sounds to me as if you have a 'Bold' with the peanut soup and you need a 'Simple' to contrast with it. I might suggest wild mushroom soup (wild mushrooms, garlic, cream, stock, onions), french onion soup, or something like corn chowder or Tuscan bean (cannelini beans, borlotti beans, tomatoes, onions, garlic, stock, tomatoes, basil, oregano - all pureed together).

                  Hope it all goes well!

                  1. i think maybe a gazpacho of some kind, or maybe a chilled dessert soup