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Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Howard L. Puckett
Yield 6 cups (serving size: 1 cup soup and 1 teaspoon chives)
Serve this simple roasted red pepper soup recipe with crusty bread and a simple green salad for a quick lunch.

Ingredients

  • 8 red bell peppers (about 2 3/4 pounds)
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cups diced onion (about 1 large)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Nutrition Information

  • calories 99
  • caloriesfromfat 22 %
  • fat 2.4 g
  • satfat 0.4 g
  • monofat 1.2 g
  • polyfat 0.5 g
  • protein 3.7 g
  • carbohydrate 16.7 g
  • fiber 1.4 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 1.1 mg
  • sodium 465 mg
  • calcium 34 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat broiler.

  2. Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil for 15 minutes or until blackened. Place in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand for 15 minutes. Peel and chop.

  3. Place peppercorns, thyme, and bay leaf on a double layer of cheesecloth. Gather edges of cheesecloth together; tie securely.

  4. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook 15 minutes or until onion is lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Add bell peppers, cheesecloth bag, broth, vinegar, and hot pepper sauce to pan. Increase heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Remove and discard cheesecloth bag; stir in salt and black pepper. Place half of bell pepper mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to prevent splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour pureed mixture into a large bowl; repeat procedure with remaining soup. Sprinkle with chives.

Cook's Notes

If you want your roasted red pepper soup to be a bit spicier, adjust the amount of hot pepper sauce to suit your taste.

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