Roasted red pepper and tomato soup
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs: Cheap as chips
Red pepper and tomato are the perfect foodie combination in this classic soup recipe, that gives an old family favourite a little updating. We love the warm flavour of the roasted peppers against the tomatoes - simple to prepare and easy to enjoy this soup is a crowd-pleaser for sure. Use the biggest red peppers you can find. Not only are they extra juicy but they'll go a little bit further in creating the perfect base of flavour. This recipe serves 4 people and will take around 2hrs to prepare and make - it is well worth the wait!
- 4 large red peppers
- 4 garlic cloves, unpeeled
- 1tsp dried oregano
- 4tbsp olive oil
- 1 large red onion, peeled and chopped
- 6 large tomatoes, peeled
- 850ml (1½ pt) vegetable stock
- 1tsp sugar
- Half a packet fresh basil leaves
- 2 small ciabatta loaves, baked according to packet instructions
If you fancy making delicious pesto croutes to add as a topping, you'll need:
- 30g (1oz) fresh parsley and chives
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
- 1 tbsp toasted pine nuts
- 30g (1oz) grated Parmesan
- 6 tbsp olive oil
- 60g (2oz) mature Cheddar grated
- 1 small Ciabatta loaf cut into 12 slices
For a creamier taste, add 1tsp of sour cream to each bowl of soup before serving.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F, gas mark 6). Place the peppers and garlic on a baking tray, sprinkle with oregano and 1tbsp olive oil. Roast for 30-35 mins until the pepper skins are blistered. Place the hot peppers in a plastic bag. When cold, peel and chop the flesh, discarding the seeds.
- Heat 1tbsp olive oil in a large pan and fry the onion for 10 mins until softened. Chop the tomatoes, discarding the seeds and add to the pan with the peppers, stock, sugar and a few basil leaves. Squeeze the soft cooked garlic from the cloves and add to the pan. Simmer for 30 mins.
- Slice the ciabatta into four and brush with the remaining olive oil. Chop the basil (keeping a few leaves for garnish) and sprinkle over the bread. Season and lightly grill. Whizz the soup in a food processor then reheat. Garnish with basil leaves and black pepper and serve with the toasts.
To make our pesto croutes: Put all the ingredients except the Cheddar and bread, in a tall jug,and season. Whizz with a stick blender to make a chunky sauce. Add 4 tbsp ofthis pesto to the grated Cheddar. Toast the bread lightly on both sides andthen spread one side with the cheesy pesto mixture. Put under the grill untilthe cheese melts. Serve the soup with the extra pesto, if you like, and thecroutes.
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