Big red pepper and tomato soup

Pimiento rojo grande!

I picked up some fabulous peppers yesterday. I’ve made a gorgeous soup, BIG ingredients and BIG on flavour. It’s both incredibly tangy and deliciously sweet.

This soup really does live or die on the ingredients. I think tomato soup in particular is pretty disappointing with watery, flavourless tomatoes.

Red pepper 6

To make the soup I used:

  • 3 large red peppers
  • 3 large beef tomatoes
  • Lots of fresh rosemary – as much as you like, I used about 2 very large sprigs
  • Lots of fresh basil – I used about 10 large leaves
  • A splash of balsamic
  • A splash of olive oil (up to a tablespoon)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Small white onion
  • Seasoning
  • A little stock – volume depends on how much liquid your vegetables creates and how thick you like the soup, I added around 200 ml.

Red pepper soup_3

To make:

  1. Place the peppers on an oven tray and pop into the oven as they are, at around 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Also put in a separate tray of sliced tomatoes with a drizzle of balsamic, some seasoning and lots of fresh herbs.
  3. Remove from the oven after about 20 / 25 minutes when the peppers are starting to char a little.
  4. While cooling fry up the onion and chopped garlic in a splash (maybe 3 teaspoons of olive oil).
  5. Then remove the pepper skins and seeds. The skin should just slide off.
  6. Add all the flesh, the tomatoes and any juices into your onions and garlic, add a little stock to cover the vegetables and keep on the heat (with a lid) for around 20 minutes until everything is soft (and smelling by this point delicious).
  7. Then simply blitz up, taste and season as you like.
  8. I serve mine with a ruck load more chopped herbs on top and very very hot.

Red pepper 3

This makes around a litre. I pour around 300 ml servings (each with around 100 calories) into jars, so that I can just pull out one at a time when I want to eat. If you don’t want to eat them all in the same week, just pop a jar or two in the freezer.

Red pepper soup

It’s incredibly good for you and seriously makes you want to lick the bowl.


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