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Tomato And Red Pepper Soup (Tantelizing Comfort Dish)

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Indulge in the vibrant symphony of flavors with our Tomato and Red Pepper Soup, a velvety blend that dances on your palate. Ripe tomatoes and roasted red peppers are pureed to perfection, creating a luscious and smooth texture. Each spoonful is a burst of brightness, enhanced with a hint of garlic and a whisper of basil, culminating in a soul-warming experience. Dive into this bowl of crimson delight and savor the taste of garden-fresh goodness!

Experience a symphony of flavors as the luscious red of tomatoes intertwines with the fiery zest of red peppers. Unveil the secret to comfort in a bowl with our tomato and red pepper soup.

Each spoonful floods your senses with vibrant, garden-fresh ingredients, painting a vivid culinary picture. 

Tomato and red pepper soup

Bask in the soft, soothing embrace of tomatoes, punctuated by the lively kick of red peppers. Let the warmth seep in, invigorating you from within, while the rich, velvety texture caresses your palate.

This soup doesn’t merely serve as nourishment but tells a tale of carefully chosen, passionately prepared components. 

Succumb to this culinary journey as the simple yet profound flavors unravel with every simmer, immersing you in a joyous dance of taste. Join us, savor this masterpiece, and watch your kitchen transform into a gourmet haven. Tomato and red pepper soup — your ultimate passport to a gastronomic adventure.

What Is Tomato And Red Pepper Soup?

Tomato and red pepper soup is a vibrant, nourishing blend of fresh tomatoes and zesty red peppers. This heart-warming dish combines these two main ingredients in a rich, velvety broth that dances on the palate. 

The soup offers a delightful balance between the natural sweetness of tomatoes and the subtle heat of red peppers infused with herbs and spices. Enjoyed hot, it is a perfect companion for cool evenings, serving as comfort food and celebrating nature’s bountiful gifts.

Tomato and red pepper soup

Can You Vary The Recipe With Other Ingredients?

  • Keto/Paleo Replace regular cream with full-fat coconut milk to maintain a rich, creamy texture. Ensure your stock is free from sugar or additives. Add a source of protein, like grilled chicken or beef, to make it more filling.
  • Gluten-Free This soup is naturally gluten-free as it doesn’t typically require flour or other gluten-containing ingredients. Always check your stock to be sure it’s gluten-free.
  • Whole30 For a Whole30-compliant soup, use ghee or coconut oil instead of butter for sautéing and full-fat coconut milk instead of regular cream. Also, ensure your stock has no sugar or additives.
  • Vegetarian The basic recipe is already vegetarian. You could add cooked lentils or beans for extra protein and fiber.
  • Vegan Replace any dairy cream with a plant-based cream such as cashew or coconut milk. Use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock.
Tomato and red pepper soup

Recipe Directions 

  1. Use the browning function on your soup maker to sauté onions and garlic in olive oil.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients except basil and cream, cover, and cook on high for 30 mins.
  3. Once everything is tender and hot, blend to desired consistency.
  4. Stir in basil and cream, adjust seasoning, and serve.
Tomato and red pepper soup

Variations, Add-Ons, And Toppings 

Variations

  • Roast tomatoes and red peppers beforehand for a smoky flavor profile.
  • Add a spicy kick with a dash of cayenne or red pepper flakes.
  • Try a Mediterranean twist with added olives and feta cheese.
  • Incorporate protein with shredded chicken or chickpeas for a heartier version.

Add-Ons

  • Serve with a slice of rustic bread or a grilled cheese sandwich for a complete meal.
  • Pair with a green salad for a light, balanced lunch.
  • Complement with a glass of crisp white wine for an elegant dinner.

Toppings

  • Sprinkle freshly chopped basil or parsley for a burst of freshness.
  • Add a swirl of cream or a dollop of Greek yogurt for a creamy contrast.
  • Garnish with croutons or toasted pumpkin seeds for a satisfying crunch.
  • Top with grated Parmesan or crumbled blue cheese for a savory touch.
Tomato and red pepper soup

Can I Make The Soup In A Slow Cooker Or Instant Pot?

Slow Cooker

  • Sauté onions and garlic in a pan until softened, then transfer them into the slow cooker.
  • Add tomatoes, red peppers, and other ingredients (except for the cream and basil) into the slow cooker.
  • Set the slow cooker low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  • Once the vegetables are tender, blend the soup to your desired consistency using an immersion blender.
  • Stir in the cream and fresh basil, adjust the seasoning, and it’s ready to serve.

Instant Pot

  • Using the sauté function, cook the onions and garlic in the Instant Pot until softened.
  • Add the tomatoes, red peppers, and other ingredients (except the cream and basil), secure the lid, and set to pressure cook on high for about 10 minutes.
  • Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then do a quick release.
  • Blend the soup to your preferred consistency, stir in the cream and fresh basil, adjust the seasoning, and serve.
Tomato and red pepper soup

Can I Use Store Broth, Or Should I Make My Own?

Store-Bought Broth

  • This is a great option for convenience and time efficiency. Ensure you choose a good quality, low-sodium broth to control the salt level in your soup. Several varieties, including vegetable, chicken, and beef broths, are available, so you can choose the one that best suits your taste.

Homemade Broth

  • Making your broth can elevate your soup’s flavor significantly. You can utilize leftover vegetable scraps or bones, infuse them with your choice of herbs and spices, and simmer until you have a flavorful broth. The advantage here is the control over the ingredients and the ability to customize the flavor to your liking.
Tomato and red pepper soup

How To Serve?

  • Temperature: Serve the soup hot but not scalding. The flavors come through best when it’s at the right temperature.
  • Garnishing: Just before serving, add a swirl of cream or a drizzle of olive oil for richness, a sprinkle of fresh herbs for color and brightness, and some croutons or seeds for texture.
  • Pairing: Pair the soup with a crusty piece of bread or a side salad for a complete meal. It also goes well with a grilled cheese sandwich for a comfort food classic.
  • Presentation: Use deep, wide bowls to serve the soup. This showcases your garnishes and allows the soup to cool to the right temperature more evenly.
  • Portion Size: For a starter, serve a smaller portion, about one cup. For a main meal, serve a larger portion, about two cups, and pair with sides.
Tomato and red pepper soup

Perfect Side Dishes

  • Crusty Bread: An all-time favorite, crusty bread such as a baguette or sourdough is perfect for dipping and soaking up the soup.
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich: Amp up your comfort food game by pairing the soup with a gooey, melty grilled cheese sandwich.
  • Green Salad: A fresh, crisp salad with a tangy vinaigrette can balance the soup’s richness.
  • Roasted Vegetables: A side of roasted vegetables such as brussels sprouts, carrots, or asparagus can add texture and an extra serving of veggies.
  • Quiche or Savory Tart: A slice of quiche or a savory tart with a side of this soup can make for a more substantial yet light meal.
  • Garlic Bread: Garlic bread, warm and buttery, adds a savory note that’s a perfect match for the tangy sweetness of the soup.
Tomato and red pepper soup

Storage And Make Ahead

  • Make-Ahead: Roast or sauté tomatoes and red peppers, then blend them into a smooth soup base. This base can be refrigerated for up to 4 days or frozen for up to 3 months.
  • Storage: Keep the soup in airtight containers to preserve freshness and flavor. Refrigeration helps maintain its quality over several days.
  • Freezing: Freeze the soup flat in ziplock bags or in portion-sized containers for efficient storage and easy thawing.
  • Reheating: Slowly reheat the soup on the stove over low heat. Avoid boiling to preserve the delicate flavors.
  • Finishing Touches: Add fresh herbs, cream, or a drizzle of olive oil after reheating. This refreshes the soup’s flavor, making it taste just made.
  • Seasoning: Season with salt and pepper after reheating, as flavors can change during storage.
Tomato and red pepper soup

What Can We Do With Leftovers? 

  • Pasta Sauce: Reduce the soup on the stove until it thickens to a sauce-like consistency. Toss it with your favorite pasta and add some grated cheese on top.
  • Baked Eggs: Pour the soup into a baking dish, crack a few eggs, and bake until the eggs are set for a delicious and easy brunch dish.
  • Grain Bowl Base: Use the soup as a flavorful base for a grain bowl. Add cooked quinoa, roasted vegetables, and your protein of choice.
  • Stew Starter: Add more vegetables, beans, or chunks of meat to the soup and simmer until everything is tender and flavorful.
  • Dressing for Roasted Vegetables: Drizzle the soup over roasted vegetables for a savory side dish.
  • Risotto Liquid: Use the soup as the liquid in a risotto recipe to infuse it with flavor.

TIPS

  • Choose Ripe Tomatoes and Red Peppers: For the best flavor, use ripe, in-season tomatoes and red peppers. Roasting them can enhance their sweetness and depth of flavor.
  • Roasting Vegetables: Roast tomatoes and red peppers in the oven until they are charred. This adds a smoky depth to the soup. Don’t forget to peel the peppers after roasting to remove any bitter charred skin.
  • Sauté Aromatics: Begin by sautéing onions and garlic in olive oil until they are soft and translucent. This forms a flavorful foundation for the soup.
  • Use Quality Stock: A good-quality vegetable or chicken stock will add richness and body to the soup. Homemade stock is ideal, but a high-quality store-bought version works well too.
  • Blending for Smoothness: Blend the soup until smooth for a velvety texture. If you prefer some texture, you can blend it less or leave small chunks.
  • Seasoning: Season the soup with salt, pepper, and a pinch of sugar if needed. The sugar can help balance the acidity of the tomatoes.
  • Add Creaminess: For a richer soup, consider adding a splash of cream or coconut milk. Add this after blending and heat through without boiling.
Tomato And Red Pepper Soup (Tantelizing Comfort Dish)

Tomato And Red Pepper Soup (Tantelizing Comfort Dish)

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Course: Soup recipe
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Calories

100-200

kcal

Savor a bowl of tomato and red pepper soup, a warm, comforting blend of fresh, ripe tomatoes and smoky red peppers. A swirl of cream adds richness, balancing the tomatoes’ tangy sweetness and the peppers’ mild heat. This soup is a delight on any table served piping hot.

Ingredients

  • 1 1 Knob of butter

  • 1 1 Medium onion, peeled and chopped

  • 1 1 Clove of garlic, crushed

  • 2 2 Medium red bell peppers, de-seeded and chopped

  • tbsp Tomato puree/paste

  • 1 tsp 1 Smoked paprika

  • 1 1 400g/14oz tin peeled plum tomatoes with basil

  • 3 cups 3 Vegetable stock/broth

  • ½ tsp ½ Brown sugar

  • Salt and pepper (To taste)

  • 60ml ml 60ml Double cream

  • 1 tbsp 1 Fresh basil, chopped

Step-By-Step Directions

  • Start by preparing your soup maker. If it has a browning function, select that.
  • Add a splash of olive oil, diced onions, and minced garlic. Allow them to brown for a few minutes until they release their aroma and soften slightly.
  • Next, add all the remaining ingredients, excluding the basil and cream. This includes the chopped tomatoes and red peppers, preferred spices or herbs, and the stock.
  • Securely cover your soup maker and set it to cook on a high setting. Let the soup cook undisturbed for 30 minutes.
  • After cooking, ensure all the ingredients are thoroughly combined, and tender and the soup is piping hot.
  • At this point, blend the soup to your preferred consistency. If your machine has automatic blending, leave it to finish this step.
  • Once the soup is blended, add in the fresh basil and cream. These ingredients add a final touch of freshness and richness to your soup.
  • Lastly, taste your soup and adjust the seasoning as necessary. Add a pinch of salt or a dash of pepper to enhance the flavor.
  • Now, your soup is ready to be served. Pour it into bowls and add any additional garnishes you desire. Enjoy your delicious tomato and red pepper soup, a heartwarming dish perfect for any occasion.
  • EQUIPMENT LIST
  • Cutting board and knife
  • Large pot or saucepan.
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • Blender or immersion blender
  • Can opener
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Ladle

Notes

  • Consistency: Adjust the thickness of your soup to your preference. For a thinner soup, add more broth; for a thicker soup, blend fewer vegetables.
  • Spices: Feel free to experiment with different herbs and spices. Thyme, basil, or smoked paprika can each add a unique twist to the soup’s flavor profile.
  • Storage: The soup stores well and often tastes better the next day, making it perfect for meal prep.
  • Dietary Needs: This soup can be easily adjusted to meet nutritional requirements. Replace cream with a dairy-free alternative for a vegan or lactose-free version.
  • Garnishing: Different garnishes like fresh herbs, croutons, roasted seeds, or a dollop of Greek yogurt can add interesting textures and flavors.

Nutrition Table 

Tomato and red pepper soup

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