This is indeed a very beautiful green soup and it has a lovely flavor. I tried it both with and without the cream and I honestly prefer it without the cream -- shocker I know LOL. The cream kind of mellows out the flavor and without it the veggie flavor seems brighter -- so use that info for your own personal tastes ;). Had with both the gremolata and the gorgonzola crostini. The gremolata perks the soup up a bit but I don't find it necessary. The gorgonzola crostini is very yummy and rich and a great addition to have with the soup.