Alternatively, purée in a blender, in small batches, as necessary, and transfer back to the pot. Note: if using a blender make sure the hole in the center of the lid is open to allow steam to escape.
This is a wonderful soup that can be served hot or cold. If leftovers have been sitting in the refrigerator, just give it a taste. I sometimes like to perk up this soup with a spritz of lemon.