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Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Smoked Gouda

Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 30 mins
Yield

4 servings (Serving size: 1 & 1/4 cup)

Soup recipe from Denver Post food section (Jan. 02, 2013). 161 calories per serving, 10 g fat, 14 g protein

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 carrots peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 1 jar roasted red peppers (12 oz) drained and sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cans reduced sodium chicken broth (14.5 oz cans)
  • 2 teaspoons basil leaves dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves dried
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 dash pepper
  • 1/2 cup smoked Gouda cheese shredded

How to Make It

  1. Heat olive oil in a 4-quart saucepan over medium high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, 3 to 5 minutes or until tender. Add carrots, roasted red peppers, garlic, chicken broth and seasonings. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 25 to 30 minutes.

  2. Remove from heat. Carefully use an immersion blender to purée soup. Return soup purée to saucepan; add cheese.

  3. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until cheese is melted.

  4. Cooking tip: An immersion blender is a cool little handheld stick with a rotary blade on the end to purée soup right in the pot. They're fairly inexpensive, but you can use a blender if you prefer. Just be sure to allow the soup to cool slightly and vent the top before puréeing to avoid splatters on the ceiling.