This recipe for tomato pepper soup is made with the carmelized sweetness of roasted vegetables for an amazing depth of flavor.
Tomatoes. I used a large can of whole tomatoes for this soup. This is Hunt’s San Marzano Style tomatoes which I suspect may not be actual San Marzano tomatoes. It uses the word “style” which makes me suspicious. I like to use Cento brand, but it wasn’t available. Any canned whole tomatoes will work. Use whatever you have in the pantry.
Other Vegetables. I like to roast carrots, red bell peppers and onion. You could also use celery, if you have some handy.
Chicken broth. Broth or stock will work. You could also use water with some bouillon. Better Than Bouillon is very tasty.
Seasonings. I’ve used garlic powder and oregano. I like the soup a little spicy so I like to add spicy salt when serving.
How to Roast Vegetables
Roasting vegetables will carmalize them, making them sweeter and giving them a great depth of flavor.
For this recipe, I’ve decided to roast the sweet red pepper, onions and carrots. I didn’t roast the tomatoes.
Why use canned tomatoes in this soup? It’s winter and fresh tomatoes don’t have much taste right now. If I want a tomato pepper soup, I want to at least taste some tomato.
Can You Roast Tomatoes?
You can roast fresh tomatoes for the recipe, if you prefer. It will take about 8 or 10 Roma tomatoes.
Cut them in half and remove the seeds. Mix them with the oil when you coat the other vegetables.
Unlike the red peppers and carrots, roasted tomatoes need to only cook for about 10 or 15 minutes. Remove them but continue roasting the remaining vegetables until fork tender.
Everything will be processed in a blender. You’ll need everything to be tender enough so there aren’t any chunks.
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Do You Need to Peel Bell Peppers?
If you wanted to make something like Roasted Red Peppers in Oil, it’s best to peel them after roasting.
The roasting will make the red peppers deliciously sweet and caramlized but it could also make blackened bell peppers. Perhaps that’s not all that appetizing when soaking in a bath of olive oil.
This is different when you’re planning on processing everything in a blender, though. Peeling is unnecessary here unless the roasting charred the peppers too much. Peeling is purely preference.
Is this Vegetarian?
This soup is made with chicken broth and dairy cream so it’s not vegetarian or vegan. Adjustments can be easily made.
Use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock. Use plant-based cream instead of dairy cream.
Tomato soup is best served with grilled cheese sandwiches. They go hand in hand. I used my bread machine white sandwich bread recipe and colby jack cheese for these sandwiches.
I know it may sound crazy but I like to stir in a tablespoon of butter directly into the bowl of soup when serving. It’s something mom taught me from her father.
Might as well stir in some spicy pepper salt too. I feel like you need a little spice but nothing overwhelming.
If you want a more hearty soup, add leftover meatballs or cooked ground beef. Stir in leftover rice. Crumbled feta or queso fresco make a great addition.
You may also want to try our Spicy Zucchini Poblano Soup for something new.
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- Standing or immersion blender
- 2 Red Bell Peppers, halved, stemmed, seeded
- 1 Onion, cut in thick slices, about 4 pieces
- 2 Carrots, ½" slices
- 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 28 ounces Canned Whole Tomatoes
- 1 cup Chicken Broth
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1 teaspoon Oregano
- ½ cup Half n Half
- Butter, optional, for serving
- Spicy Red Pepper Salt Blend, optional, like Tony Chachare's, for serving
- Preheat oven to 425℉.
- Place halved and seeded red bell peppers, sliced onion and sliced carrots in bowl with olive oil and salt. Stir to coat vegetables with oil.
- Roast vegetables 30 minutes until vegetables are soft and carrots are fork tender.
- Why not make your grilled cheese sandwiches while that's in the oven? Are you able to have tomato soup without grilled cheese? I think not.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool about 5 minutes.
- Place tomatoes, chicken broth, garlic powder, oregano, salt and roasted vegetables in blender. Process until smooth. (Alternatively, place these ingredients in a pot for the stovetop and use an immersion blender instead.)
- Heat soup on stovetop until heated through, about 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in half n half (or heavy cream).
- Serve immediately.
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