Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Here is the other dish from our Italian date night. Ontario red peppers are in season which means they are huge in size and low in price. This is a fairly simple soup that tastes great (if you like roasted red peppers) and has a deep red colour. They say that red stimulates the appetite, so this is the perfect starter for your Italian meal.

- 4 large red peppers (5 regular size)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large sweet onion
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 4 or 5 cups of vegetable stock (see note below)
- 1-2 tsp oregano
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup soy creamer

1. Roast peppers under the broiler or on the BBQ (I think this is the easiest way), rotating until skins are blackened and wrinkled all over. Place in a large bowl, cover with a plate, and let steam for 15 mins. Skin peppers and chop.
2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large pot over medium heat and saute onions and garlic for 5-7 mins, until onion is translucent. Add potatoes and fry for 1 min. Add peppers and water and bring to bubbling. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 mins, or until potatoes are soft.
3. Blend soup with a hand blender until smooth, then season to taste. Before serving, stir in soy creamer.

NOTE: If you are in a rush, use only four cups of water and serve after you have blended and seasoned the soup. If you have the time, use 5 cups of water, but let soup simmer, uncovered, for a few hours after blending. This will thicken the soup and let the flavours develop.


Megan said...

I can't wait to try this it looks great! thank you for the recipe :)

Ricki said...

What a stunning bowl and silverware! (Oh, and the soup looks good, too! ;) )

Anonymous said...

Thats it I can't read anymore, I never get date night! - LOL

seitanismymotor said...

Roasted pepper soup is one of my favourites! So much flavour.

Anonymous said...

Hi Vegan Dad,
Have you tried Veritasse (on Main, across from the CIBC) yet? I look forward to your comments about their vegan fare. Love your blog.
Local Fan

Vegan Dad said...

Vegan fare? Here? I did not know that. I will have to check it out.

Janet said...

mmm that soup will be on my list of soups to try as autumn sets in. It looks delicious :)

Vaala said...

That soup looks delicious. I love how hearty and creative all your meals are.

Meg said...

Great recipe! I will have to try this soon!

Bianca said...

Hmmm...red stimulates the appetite? I wonder why...of course, anything can stimulate my appetite. But that's good to know since my boyfriend is mysteriously just not hungry sometimes. I don't understand what it means to be "not hungry." I just ate breakfast and I could eat again if someone put food in front of me.

Happy Herbivore! said...

I was just thinking roasted peppers would make an awesome soup -- and here you beat me to it. but on that note, now i can just make your recipe (here i come broiler) and save myself from a potential catastrophe