Weather these days demands comfort food. What could be more comforting than a bowl of rich, delicious and creamy soup?! And what if it is super pretty to look at too?! There is no restraining from such a thing, let me tell you. My roasted bell pepper soup is one such beauty in a bowl that is so comforting and delicious at the same time.
When I saw some good red bell peppers while grocery shopping, I couldn’t stop myself from buying them. I actually wanted to make a quick salad but ended up making this amazing soup. It has a good bit of roasted garlic too, along with char grilled bell peppers – great flavors all together. I mildly spiced this soup up with roasted cumin and coriander powders. It is thick and rich without having to add any cream at all. Perfect to dunk a toasted slice of bread, making a meal out of this!
Roasted Bell Pepper Soup
What I used –
- Red Bell Peppers/Capsicum, 2 large
- Garlic Pods, 7-10
- Onion, 1 medium
- Tomato Puree, 3 tbsp
- Olive Oil, 2 tsp
- Brown Sugar, 1 tsp
- Roasted Cumin Powder, ½ tsp
- Coriander Powder, ½ tsp
- Salt, as needed
- Water, as needed
- Coriander Leaves, few (optional)
- Croutons, as needed (to serve with soup, optional)
Prep Work –
1. Preheat the oven at 180°C for 10 mins.
2. Wash and pat dry the bell peppers. Cut them in half, remove the seeds/stem. Apply a tsp of olive oil and set them on an aluminum foil laid baking tray. Throw in garlic pods too.
3. Chop onions finely and set aside.
How I made –
1. Roast the bell peppers and garlic at 180°C for 25-30 mins until the tops are charred slightly and the bell peppers are soft. Remove them and gently peel off the skin. Remove the garlic skin too. Chop bell pepper roughly.
2. In a pan, heat 1 tsp of olive oil. Add finely chopped onions and fry until translucent. Add tomato puree along with brown sugar, salt, cumin and coriander powders.
3. Fry on medium flame until the raw smell of the tomato puree is gone. Add chopped bell peppers along with roasted garlic. Mix well. Add ½ cup of water and cook on medium flame for 3-4 mins. Remove from heat.
4. As the mixture cools down slightly, grind it into a smooth puree. Add the ground mixture into the pan again with another ½ cup of water and bring it to boil on low heat. Remove from heat.
5. Serve hot with toasted bread, croutons with chopped coriander leaves.
- If you don’t have an oven, just char grill the bell pepper on open flame. Hold it with tongs and keep it exposed to the open flame for 2 mins on each side. Add chopped garlic to the oil first and then follow the rest of the process as it is.
- I added sugar as tomato puree and roasted bell pepper are both slightly tangy.
- Optionally, garam masala or curry powder can be added too.
- For a spicy version, add black pepper powder.
- At the end, 2-3 tbsp of cream will add to the richness of the soup.