I will confess to buying many cardboard cartons of red pepper soup. You know, the ones gracing the shelves of your local Trader Joe's, beckoning you with their soupy, comforting, and ready-made glory! I will also confess that I'm sometimes sorta (totally!) lazy and don't plan ahead. And also that soup from a carton tastes pretty good, especially after a long day of work capped off by cleaning baby throw-up from a car seat. Why do car seats have so many crevices? Why why why?
The thing is, every time I buy that magical carton of red pepper soup, I think, I could totally make this. And then two weeks later, I find myself buying another few cartons because well work. And life. And do not even get me started on the baby throw up. I know you know the drill. That's why we're friends!
Luckily this month's Blogger CLUE theme was soup so I was forced to get my lazy self in gear. I was paired with Karen of Lavender and Lovage and it was so much fun to get to know her blog better. Karen is a writer and recipe developer who splits her time between England and France where she spends her days cooking delicious meals and taking gorgeous food pictures. If you think that sounds ideal, check out her Pear and Walnut Cake or her Chocolate and Violet Fancies. I seriously had to force myself to look for a soup recipe because I wanted to make one of her gorgeous desserts so badly!
I happened upon her Red Pepper Soup and it was obviously a sign. A sign to make soup and stop buying ridiculous cartons of it (and no, I'm not hoarding three cartons of soup in my pantry at this very moment). Luckily, I had all the ingredients on hand and was amazed at how quickly the soup came together. In fact, most of the cooking time was down time where the soup basically cooked on its own and I cleaned the car seat of baby bodily fluid for what feels like the billionth time.
And the soup? It was really good! The roasted red pepper flavor was spot on and the soup was creamy without using any cream. Overall, it felt way too delicious for a regular ol' Tuesday night. Oh, and I topped the soup with these homemade sourdough garlic croutons because we fancy! I mean seriously, how come no one ever told me you can toast some crusty bread in olive oil, sprinkle on a few spaces and come out with croutons that are way better than bagged croutons?
So go and carpe diem because you can make your own soup and your own croutons and clean your own car seats. No wait, scratch that last part.
2 large red peppers
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1/4 crushed tomatoes
1 tb. tomato paste
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
Salt and Pepper
Roast red peppers under broiler until skin is blackened. Remove peppers from oven and place in a paper bag. Fold down the top of the bag, and allow peppers to cool. When peppers are cool, peel the skin off and remove seeds. Cut peppers into strips.
While peppers are roasting and cooling, heat one tablespoon oil in pot. Add onions and garlic, and saute until soft. Don't let the onions become too brown (or burn) because you'll have to start over. Not that I'm speaking from experience or anything. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes.
Blend soup with hand blender. Serve with fancy croutons or potato chips, depending on your mood.
For more Blogger CLUE:
- Sue from A Palatable Pastime
- Lauren from Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Rebekah from Making Miracles
- Kathy from A Spoonful of Thyme
- Debra from Eliot's Eats
- Jean from Lemons and Anchovies
- Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Anna from annaDishes
- Lea Ann from Cooking on the Ranch
- Azmina from Lawyer Loves Lunch
- Christy from Confessions of a Culinary Diva
- Lisa from Authentic Suburban Gourmet
- Stacy from Food Lust People Love
- Heather from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
- Christiane from Taking on Magazines
- Kate from Kate's Kitchen
- Karen from Lavender and Lovage
- Amy from Amy's Cooking Adventures