Portuguese eat soup every day with lunch and, often, dinner. Stone soup, seafood soup, etc. They'll eat it as the starter to a meal of fish and veggies. One very common soup is just a vegetable soup like the one shown in my pot above.
You can use whatever broth base you want. Here, they commonly use a homemade pork broth. I use chicken or vegetable broth. You can use whatever you want. Canned or homemade.
Here's what they do:
Saute up a diced onion in olive oil in a stock pot.
Stir in a clove of garlic and very ripe tomato, peeled and seeded. Cook until tomato partically dissolves.
Add peeled and diced carrots, sweet potato, white potato, and yellow turnip (however much of each you want). Cover with broth and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until veggies are tender.
Puree with a hand blender (Don't bother with a regular blender! Decent hand blenders are under $20) and season with salt, pepper and fresh parsley.
Drizzle with heavy cream, if desired.
This soup is really made many many ways. Many families just make the above soup with whatever veggies they have on hand. I added in noodles. Some add kidney beans. I've made this with pumpkin, potato and cauliflower. Whatever your tastebuds desire. Add greens, like kale. The possibilities are endless! It's a great way to get your child and/or husband to eat more veggies! Especially if you top with Goldfish crackers.