January 20th 2010
archived under: Grain Free, Meatless, Recipes, Soups

All right, I know this photo is not the most flattering one I’ve taken, but the soup was so amazing I can’t wait until the next time I make it to take a better photo for you… just thank my iPhone camera for allowing you to see the recipe at all. Then go out and buy the ingredients because you’ll want to make it TODAY if at all possible. Or at least add it to your menu plan for next week.

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Note: A lot of liquid evaporated from mine while I was cooking it because I wasn’t really paying much attention, so this recipe made 2 bowls of soup for me but may make more if you are more vigilant about not allowing the steam to escape! In any case, I would definitely double the recipe next time in the hopes of having leftovers…

You will need:

  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 onion, chopped
  • some minced garlic – I used maybe a teaspoon from a jar
  • 3-4 red bell peppers, roasted, cut into smallish chunks
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • basil – as much or as little as you like. Fresh is best, but I just had dried and it worked fine.
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  1. Melt the butter in your soup pot and throw in the onions. Saute them until they’re translucent and soft. When they start getting bits of brown color, dump in the garlic.
  2. Saute the onions and garlic together for several minutes.
  3. Add broth and peppers and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer at least 30 minutes.
  5. Add lemon juice and basil (save some basil for garnish) and blend with an immersion blender. If you don’t have an immersion blender you can do it in batches in a food processor or a regular blender.
  6. Stir in the cream, and if necessary, place back on the burner to warm (we were eating it right away though, and the cream cooled it to the perfect temperature).
  7. Taste, and season with salt and pepper if you’d like. We didn’t… it tasted amazing “as is.”

The flavor in this little bowl of soup was simply incredible… so many different flavors and I could taste every one. It’s a very “deep” soup and would definitely be an easy way to impress any guest.

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