Last Saturday we found peppers at the market for a quarter, that is only 25 cents people! They had red, yellow, green, purple, and orange! All for a bargain! We loaded up a bag and went on our merry way.
So what did we make with these glorious peppers? Prudy, of Prudence Pennywise, recently posted a Roasted Pepper soup that looked delicious! We knew we had to try it.
First, we roasted the peppers. We are loving our new gas stove. I just hope the fire department doesn’t have to visit us! Josh is pretty dangerous when it comes to fire…but he loves it so I just back up and try not to watch:)
A little fresh basil on top and time to eat!
The soup was fantastic! The roasted pepper flavor was amazing, we used red and yellow. We pureed it, but left a few minor chunks, and topped it with fresh basil. This soup is a new favorite. It was easy and so flavorful! I know we will be eating this all winter…we froze the extra roasted peppers so we are all ready to go! Thanks Prudy!
Roasted Red and Yellow Pepper Soup
Adapted from Prudence Pennywise
3-4 whole bell peppers-we used red and yellow
1 T of olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1 (14.5 ounce) can Italian style diced tomatoes, undrained
1 teaspoon honey
3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
¼ cup heavy cream or half and half-we used half cream and half skim milk
Fresh basil-we stirred some in and put some on top
Roast bell peppers until blackened in most places. (We did them over a gas flame, but you can also do it in the oven at 450 degrees.) Place peppers in a paper bag for ten minutes. Remove from bag, remove stem and seeds and peel peppers, scraping with a knife. Chop coarsely.
Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add peppers, onion, garlic, and carrot. Saute until vegetables are softened, about five minutes. Add tomatoes with juices, honey and stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, or until all vegetables are softened.
Blend soup in blender, food processor, or with immersion blender, until not almost smooth, but with some chunky texture. Add cream/milk and heat until just below a simmer. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with fresh basil, sour cream and croutons if desired.