Definitely don't need to strain it. It tastes good but the color is unappealing, so I added a carrot and it comes out more gold than gray in color--yummy.
This soup is very good. I did add a teaspoon curry - it just seemed a little bland. And there's no need for straining, I agree with the previous reviewer.
Really great. Not sure why you have to run it through a sieve when you peal everything.