Inspired by the flavors of Spanish romesco sauce, this starter soup gussies up bottled roasted bell peppers with Marcona almonds (already toasted, saving a step), lots of garlic, and sherry vinegar.
Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2013
1. Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; sauté 1 1/2 minutes. Add paprika; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add stock and bell peppers; bring to a simmer.
2. Place bell pepper mixture, almonds, and bread in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure lid on blender. Place a towel over opening in lid. Blend until smooth. Add cream, and pulse to combine.
3. Return pureed soup to saucepan. Heat soup over medium heat 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in vinegar and salt. Garnish with parsley, if desired.
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