I’ve been talking about my Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup a lot recently. It’s a tasty, healthy soup that’s easy to make and great for suppers on cold, winter days. It’s dead easy to make as well. So seeing as I’ve had it on my mind and I’ve been working from home I decided to make it. If you want to try it, here’s the recipe. I like to use fresh ingredients, vegetable oil and as little salt as possible.
Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup
1 red pepper
2-3 cloves of garlic
a glug of vegetable oil
a little salt
ground black pepper
hot cayenne pepper
some mixed dried herbs
some cumin seeds
a stock cube dissolved in 0.5l of hot water
What to do…
Line a roasting tin with foil (helps when it comes to cleaning).
Chop the onions, garlic, red pepper and tomatoes, put into the tin.
Add the salt, peppers, cumin seeds and mixed herbs. (I used them all but you can mix and match, the cumin gives it a hint of curry, the cayenne gives it a bite but is optional not necessary and be careful with the salt, it’s not good for you and you can always add more if you like but you can’t take it out).
Pour on the glug of oil (your choice) and use your hands to get in there and coat all the vegetables.
Put in the oven (180F) and roast for about 40 mins. Keep an eye on them, a little charring can be tasty but black isn’t good. I keep turning them so they don’t burn.
When everything is nice and soft, transfer everything to a pan and add about 0.5l of vegetable stock (you could use chicken or beef stock if you like) made with a stock cube. Simmer the soup for about 30 mins until everything is cooked through.
Once it’s done you should give it a wizz with your stick blender until it’s nice and smooth.
Serve it with some nice bread.
It seems to taste better the day after you’ve made it as the flavours develop. If it’s a bit thick, add a little water. I served ours with this tomato forcaccia bread I saw in ASDA. it was delicious. You don’t get the bright red, sweet taste of shop bought soups but imagine what’s added to achieve that look and taste. IMHO, this is a much better option. Sometimes, for a bit of texture, I add a tin of butter beans (lima beans in the US) or some other beans just before reheating.
This is a basic soup recipe. It’s fun to try new flavours by changing the pepper and tomatoes for other vegetables. Then just follow the above recipe.