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.
- 2 medium red capsicums (bell peppers)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 (400g / 1lb) 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
- 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.
- 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.