Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

So, it’s officially a week until Christmas day, how very exciting! There appears to be a lot of excitement surrounding the festive season this year, but perhaps I’m a little more receptive to it since I’m spending it with Katherine and her family. To be honest, it’ll be very interesting to see how another family spends Christmas; perhaps they should be taught the family card game. How apt that this soup should look quite so festive.

Many recipes for red pepper soups perform rather badly when it comes to preserving the natural sweetness of the fruit. As such, I’ve been very careful to avoid pairing it with anything that would disguise the main qualities of the bell pepper. Tomatoes, themselves being sweet, work very well in this capacity. The result is a deliciously sweet and temptingly light soup, worthy of just about anyone’s best bowls. However, one must remember to season correctly and delicately according to the recipe; salt is added to enhance the natural flavours of a dish and (usually) not to become a flavour itself.

I’m afraid I haven’t the time to write a lengthy, immodest and quite possibly immoral tract this evening, since I’m currently in the middle of preparing Christmas presents for one and all. This year, those destined to receive presents from this Scrooge are to take delivery of a selection of homemade sweets and treats; the lucky devils. For any of those who know they are to receive such treats, pretend you did not read this.

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

Serves 4

Ingredients:

• 2 red bell peppers

• Roughly 20 cherry tomatoes

• 1 large onion, finely chopped

• 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped

• A pint of vegetable stock

• A few sprigs of rosemary or thyme

• 1 red chili (optional)

• A little butter

• Olive oil

Method:

1. Heat the oven to 200C. Cover the peppers in olive oil and roast for around 35 minutes. After 20 minutes pop the tomatoes into the same roasting dish. The peppers are done once they are beginning to char.

2. Whilst the fruit is cooling, begin to sweat the onions, garlic and rosemary in a liberal amount of olive oil. This should take 5 minutes. Remove the skins and seeds of your peppers. Add the stock to the onions and continue to cook for a further 5 minutes. Transfer everything to a food processor and blend until smooth, add the chili at this point if you desire a metaphorical kick. Once uniform, return everything to the saucepan, reheat and stir in the butter. Season to taste and serve with a little bread and cheese.

Cost: Most vegetable, or fruit, soups cost very little. As one might imagine, this is a glowing example of vegetarian economics – the entire pot of soup should set one back roughly £1.50. One wonders just how certain establishments get away with charging in excess of £6 for a bowl of soup. Apparently the technical term for this is ‘price gouging’ – a mild and less politically corrupt form of profiteering.

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87 comments on “Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

  1. bestukcitybreaks
    December 18, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    are we going to see any of these recipes for sweets and treats? We hope so!!

  2. amad1126
    December 18, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    This sounds amazing — I can’t wait to try it! I’ve recently gotten into roasting tomatoes and love the flavor. Thanks!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 1, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      Thanks so much! Roasted tomatoes are amazing.

  3. IamSimplyTia
    December 18, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    This soup looks hearty and delicious. Well done!

  4. Edyth Miles
    December 18, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    That looks scrumdiddlyumptious and perfect for the weather we’re having at the moment. :-)

    • frugalfeeding
      January 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      Ah yes, it felt so festive and heart warming.

  5. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    December 18, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    The roasted vegetables are just beautiful!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      I think so too, one of my favourite ever photos (that I have taken).

  6. K. Ryan Henisey
    December 18, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    This looks wonderful. I can’t wait to give it a try.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 1, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks, you must. You simply won’t regret it.

  7. Arturo Féliz-Camilo
    December 18, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Nothing like a good tomato soup! Loved the pepper touch!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 1, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      I totally agree, though I would say that the pepper is the most prominent flavour here.

  8. onceuponarecipe
    December 18, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Lovely! A nice change from some of the heavier dishes that have a prominent place at the table this time of year.
    PS. Homemade gifts are the best (to give and to receive)! Have a Merry Christmas with Katherine’s family!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 1, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Oh yes, I can’t deal with too much meat etc… The gifts went down a treat :)

  9. Stefanie Rose
    December 18, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    ….I’m definitely trying this soup this week. Thanks for the idea!

  10. Minding My Nest
    December 19, 2011 at 1:18 am

    the color of this soup is divine! i’m going to try this. :)

  11. ceciliag
    December 19, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Divine.. rock on puppet master!! draw those strings around those parcels! c

    • frugalfeeding
      January 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      I’ve been called many things in my time, but never ‘puppet master’… :D

  12. rabbit
    December 19, 2011 at 3:42 am

    I love recipes like this. Simple, sultry, and tempting for any scrooge at this time of year! Out of curiosity, do you get much yellow or orange sweet peppers up there?

    • frugalfeeding
      January 1, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      Exactly! We get all the colours – no trouble at all.

  13. cookinginsens
    December 19, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Wonderful looking soup, Frugal!

  14. Vered at EatNowTalkLater
    December 19, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Looks delicious. I love red pepper and tomato soup, it’s so sweet and tasty! I really like your idea of including a chilli!

    I have also posted a red pepper and cherry tomato soup, but I used some different herbs and ingredients. Check it out from my recipe page if you’re interested! :)

    • frugalfeeding
      January 1, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      Thanks, it’s nice to give some types of soup a little kick. I shall check it out!

  15. Bam's Kitchen
    December 19, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Red soup with green garnishes. Holiday Soup with flare….

    • frugalfeeding
      January 1, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      Oh yes, that’s exactly what it was :D. Festive indeed.

  16. thecompletecookbook
    December 19, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Delicious!
    :-) Mandy

  17. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray
    December 19, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    This soup looks perfect for this time of year.

  18. Smedette
    December 19, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Delicious! I like to make large quantities of this soup and freeze it for later use (my garden was blessed with about a billion tomatoes this year).

    Well done.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 1, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      Thanks! Yes, that’s such a good idea.Makes for a simple and quick lunch on a busy or lazy day.

  19. Aimee@clevermuffin
    December 19, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I really like your picture of the char grilled peppers (aka capsicums). Yet again another one to book mark for when the seasons switch in the southern hemisphere. Now… where are those fruit mince pies you’ve been promising?? :->

    • frugalfeeding
      January 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      Yes, on the order sheet at work they are called capsicums. Give them a go! I’m not sure the mince pie will make it… the time appears to have passed :(

  20. alternative eating
    December 19, 2011 at 10:42 pm

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  21. jacqueline
    December 20, 2011 at 12:39 am

    A delicious sounding soup this is. And so simple too. I love red peppers and tomatos. So my conclusion is that I will love your soup!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 1, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      Thanks :D. The combination works perfectly. You must try it :D

  22. Lesley
    December 20, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Looks great! I love soup!!!!

  23. Colleen
    December 20, 2011 at 1:43 am

    This soup looks awesome. I’ve been in a soup phase lately, maybe it’s the cold. Not to mention this soup is the perfect color for Christmas! Great photos, too.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 1, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      I’m perpetually in a soup phase these days. This one was delightful.

  24. Food, Flowers, Herbs and Life!
    December 21, 2011 at 3:21 am

    This looks lovely! Just a bowl of goodness!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 1, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks! It’s what I feel like now – after all that festive indulgence.

  25. So Does That Mean I'm Southern
    December 21, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I have been purchasing a prepared soup similar to this at our Aldi store. I plan to give your recipe a try very soon.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 1, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      OH yes, you must. Tinned soup is no competition.

  26. Cara
    December 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Simply lovely, Frugal! I can feel myself getting warm already, imagining eating this :) What am I talking about? I freaking live in Southern California where on Christmas Day, it’s an estimate 68 degrees here. I will shut up now.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 1, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      Thank, Cara! Yes, surely you don’t know what bad weather is…

  27. CorkAndSpoon
    December 22, 2011 at 12:27 am

    After our wallets are rung out by Christmas, it’s good to know there is still good food to be had for almost pennies! ~Ruth

    • frugalfeeding
      January 1, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      Oh yes, there always is. I’m sure Christmas could be cheap if you stressed enough.

  28. fauxchef5
    December 24, 2011 at 6:48 am

    This looks really delicious. Can’t wait to try it!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 1, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      Thanks! It was simply divine – well worth a go.

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    December 24, 2011 at 7:08 am

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    • frugalfeeding
      January 1, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      Thank you very much indeed! Glad you enjoyed my blog enough to nominate me.

  30. Karen
    December 24, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    A beautiful soup. Have a very Merry Christmas.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 1, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      Thank you, I hope you had a jolly good time.

  31. Cakeboule
    December 25, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    This looks great – so is going ot go on the must try list – thanks!

  32. musingmar
    December 27, 2011 at 3:46 am

    Looks delicious!

  33. malvikajaswal
    December 29, 2011 at 8:01 am

    that looks absolutely delicious! I am always at a loss about using red and yellow bell peppers… this is a great idea

    • frugalfeeding
      January 1, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      I use bell peppers all the time. They are absolutely divine if prepared properly.

  34. Budget Bon Viveur
    December 29, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    This is just what I need to make tonight. Happy New Year’s! Thanks for sharing :)

    • frugalfeeding
      January 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      Happy New Year! Glad you enjoyed the recipe.

  35. Sarah Jane @ The Fit Cookie
    December 30, 2011 at 1:47 am

    This recipe looks great!

  36. VeganUrbanite
    December 30, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Oh my gosh. I found my weekend kitchen project. Looking forward to it.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      I think you may have done :D. Hope it works well.

  37. alternative eating
    December 31, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I just wanted to wish you a Happy New Years Eve, and a great 2012:)

  38. lambyknits01
    January 2, 2012 at 3:01 am

    Yum! I love roasted red peppers – I will have to try this one :) Thanks for sharing!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 4, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      They are so sweet, succulent and delicious :D Glad you liked.

  39. Margaret Mason Tate
    January 2, 2012 at 3:13 am

    I was so pleased that this recipe went over del with my picky seven-year-old! He liked his served with a dollop of plain non-fat Greek yogurt to make it a bit creamy :-)

  40. Kosher Culinary and Pastry
    January 2, 2012 at 3:45 am

    This soup is right up my alley… it looks delicious!

  41. Lindsey
    January 3, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I just made this. It tastes absolutely delicious! I used thyme and it complemented the taste of the peppers and tomatoes beautifully. Thanks for the recipe. :)

    • frugalfeeding
      January 4, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      Awesome, so glad you enjoyed it! Thyme must have worked perfectly!

  42. jennrambles
    January 16, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    This looks so yummy, perfect for warming up on these annoyingly cold days in WA.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 21, 2012 at 10:18 am

      Thanks! I think this is my second favourite soup ever :D

  43. Somer
    December 22, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Crazy that I have red bell peppers and grape tomatoes that need using up before I leave tomorrow. Perfect.

  44. narf77
    December 23, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Anything as wrinkled and deflated looking as those roasted capsicum shouldn’t have a right to make something unctuous, silky and headily sweet/savoury as that soup! I shall be shrivelling my own capsicums soon enough along with my own jalapeno chilli’s. Might have to make a spicy version of this wonderful soup when my tomatoes ripen. Cheers for the recipe and have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy the degustatory requirements of excess to the max!

    • frugalfeeding
      December 28, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      Haha – I think they look divine! Don’t be mean to fruit. Merry Christmas to you too and everyone you’ll be with!

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