Think of this roasted red pepper and tomato soup recipe as a kind of grown-up version of standard tomato soup. Think of how great it would be to serve with vegan grilled cheese sandwiches! Flavored with paprika and barbecue seasoning blend, jarred roasted red peppers make it nice and smooth as well as super easy to make.
A version of this naturally plant-based soup in one of my earlier books instructed the cook to take several bell peppers, roast them until charred in the oven’s broiler, put them in a bag while they cooled, and finally, to slip off the skins.
Roasting red peppers isn’t all that difficult or complicated to do, but coming across the recipe recently, I just couldn’t get behind doing all these steps even before actually starting the soup!
Use roasted red peppers to make it easy. To speed things up, I’ve updated the original bell peppers-only recipe to use roasted peppers from a jar or your supermarket’s olive bar, in tandem with adding tomatoes to the soup.
A small-batch soup: This is a small batch soup — 4 generous or 6 smaller servings — rather than a big potful of soup. You can use an immersion blender to puree this soup, but I like to transfer it to a blender it to get it super smooth.
It’s ready quickly. This is a nice first course rather than a meal in a bowl, served before most any kind of meal. And it’s yours to enjoy quickly — about 20 minutes from start to table.
More recipes using roasted red pepper from a jar:
- Roasted Red Pepper Dip
- Pepper Jack Roasted Red Pepper and Avocado Tartine
- Vegan Hero Sandwiches with Fresh Herb Mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for optional garnish
- 1 large red onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 12 ounces roasted red bell peppers (from a jar or the olive bar), with a little of their liquid, coarsely chopped
- 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 2 teaspoons barbecue seasoning (see note), or to taste
- 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
- 1 cup unsweetened plant-based milk
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Finely chopped fresh herbs (scallions, parsley, cilantro, or a combination)
- 1 fresh red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into thin rings
- Heat the oil in a small soup pot. Add the onion and sauté over medium heat until translucent. Add the garlic and continue to sauté until the onion is soft and just beginning to turn golden.
- Add the tomatoes, bell peppers, chickpeas, barbecue seasoning, paprika, lemon juice, and 1 cup water. Bring to a slow boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Transfer the soup to a blender, in batches if need be, and process until smoothly pureed. Or, insert an immersion blender into the soup and process until smooth.
- Season salt and pepper. If time allows, let the soup stand for an hour or so to allow the flavors to blend and develop. Heat through as needed before serving.
- Garnish each serving with a sprinkling of fresh herbs, and 3 or 4 rings of fresh bell pepper. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil, if you’d like.
Barbecue seasoning blends are available in the spice section of most supermarkets. They come in several varieties like mesquite or smoky maple. Any of them work in this recipe.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 347Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 406mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 14gSugar: 17gProtein: 16g
Based on 4 servings. Nutrition data is always an estimate depending on program used to calculate and exact products used.
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