Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Roasted Red Pepper and Garlic Soup

I spent the weekend at my parents house and my Mum and I made a trip to Makro. If you've never been to Makro, you should definitely go. It's quite amazing. It's like Ikea but for food and drink. As we were hauling out our massive crates of beer and washing up liquid on our industrial size trolley we spied a HUGE bag of peppers (we're talking 30 peppers) for about tuppence, so we grabbed them up to make soup. (I love making soup. I could happily write a blog just about soups. This one is now on my favorites list...) We can't deny it any more: the weather has turned. Cold. Yuck. And frankly there's nothing more soothing on a cold night than a steaming bowl of something runny and yummy. 

Roasted Red Pepper and Garlic Soup

Lots of red and orange peppers
Olive oil
A red onion or two
A whole bulb of garlic
Dried oregano and thyme
Salt and pepper
Vegetable stock
Handful of fresh basil

There are no measurements here. You can't really go wrong. I just went on instinct, threw in whatever I had to hand and it turned out great. Sweet and soothing and ever so good for you. This is a really virtuous meal that feels like a bit of luxury. And it's simple as pie.

Roughly chop enough peppers and red onions to cover the largest roasting tray you have. Break up the bulb of garlic but leave the cloves in their skins - just bash them a bit with your palm to loosen. Season well with salt, pepper, oregano and thyme. Coat everything generously with olive oil and whack in the oven at 180 for 20-30 mins, or until soft and juicy. 

When roasted, squeeze the garlic out of their skins, put everything in a saucepan and cover with vegetable stock. Simmer gently for 10 mins. Allow to cool then blend until smooth. 

Serve with a sprinkling of garlic tips and a crack of black pepper. Or a swirl of something creamy would work - creme fraiche or yoghurt would be great.


1 comment:

  1. Hi Effie, I made this soup which was lovely. In the end I added some grated orange zest. It made the peppers taste even sweeter! Bye!