(As Featured in Jul.2014 Nourish Magazine) This simple 5 ingredient Spicy Roasted Capsicum and Tomato Soup can be served warm or cold depending on the season. Best enjoyed with toppings.
Capsicum is so cheap at the moment. I couldn’t believe it when I saw 1 kilo nets going for less than $2.50. I snapped up a couple to make a batch of this wonderful mid-week dinner soup that I have been craving for a while. You know those cravings you just can’t get out of your head…? I’ve also kept some for pickling (more on that soon).
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…Back to the Soup now.
I mentioned earlier the soup is made better with a variety of toppings. You can really make it your own, but some of my favourite toppings include grilled cheese baguette a la French Onion Soup, fried chorizo, grilled prawns, seared scallops or calamari, and last but not least goat’s cheese. Pick your favourite and roll with it.
Spicy Roasted Capsicum and Tomato Soup
For the Spicy Roasted Capsicum and Tomato Soup
- 2 medium red capsicums
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 400 g (1 can) diced organic tomatoes
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- freshly ground black pepper
- any combination of: cheesy toast or fried chorizo or grilled seafood
- freshly chopped herbs
To prepare the Capsicum (bell peppers):
- Wash capsicums thoroughly. Cut capsicums in half lengthways, remove the seeds and cut again lengthways into 3-4 strips.
- Place capsicum in a large roasting tray. Drizzle with olive oil, toss to coat and roast in preheated oven for 25 minutes.
To make the Spicy Roasted Capsicum and Tomato Soup:
- Once ready, remove capsicum from oven and transfer to a zip-lock bag, seal and wait for 5 minutes for the skins to separate from the flesh.
- Once cool enough to handle, remove the capsicum from the bag and peel the skins off, discard.
- Transfer peeled capsicum strips into a medium saucepan. Add canned tomatoes, stock and Worcestershire sauce.
- Blend everything with a stick (immersion) blender.
- Bring to a boil then serve.
- Distribute soup between bowls. Serve with your choice of cheesy bread, fried chorizo or grilled seafood. Sprinkle with freshly chopped herbs, if you like.
- If serving the soup cold, allow the soup to come to room temperature then chill in the fridge. Top this version with a finely diced salad of cucumbers, tomatoes, onion and capsicum.
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Fantastic and fantastically easy soup with such wonderful taste! Served cold, it would naturally rather resemble the Spanish summer gazpacho! Well, my fingers are frozen as I pen this in the Southern Highlands this early afternoon, so it’ll definitely be the hot version, served with warm crunchy bread!
Love your email book – as I have stated before: shall go thru’ it recipe by recipe this weekend to decide which one of them I really cannot live without :) !
Thank you Eha, hope you find a favourite. And yes, it so happens I was thinking of one particular Gazpacho I had in Gran Canaria when I thought of serving this soup cold. Perhaps in a couple of months’ time indeed.
What a fabulous soup idea! And for once I almost forget that it’s not summertime in Australia ;-) I already imagine how refreshing it would be on a hot august day like the one we are having today. So many changes on your blog! I find all the ideas excellent and am looking forward to see the first newsletter.
Hi Sissi, I think there will be pickled capsicum on the cards soon! *wink*
It’s so weird, Martyna, but I haven’t been able to load your web page the last several days… and now I have and it looks funny… grrr – I’m hoping it’s my connection or computer or something. Anyways, congrats on all your exciting stuff right now – so awesome! And I love roasted red pepper soup!
Thanks Courtney… Looking into all the issues as they surface. Ah the joys of being self-hosted!
I adore tomato soup, and I love what you’ve done with this version.
Thank you Lynda :-)
I cant believe something that looks good as that only have 5 ingredients, got to try it. The roasted capsicum will definitely give it a lot of flavour
I’ve been thinking of making roasted capsicum soup since sometime but only yesterday I found nice big red capsicum at my local grocer. Your’s was the first recipe that came up and I don’t think I need to look anywhere else :) Lovely blog! I’m going to subscribe to it to not miss your updates :)
btw we don’t get Worcestersihre sauce here.. Can I replace it with few drops of tobasco?
Hi Ashima, sure thing – Tabasco Sauce would work just as well! Enjoy and thank you for your kind words.
I made this today with fried chorizo and it was delicious!
Thank you for the brilliant recipe Martyna