Roasted Pepper and Tomato Soup

Maltese tomatoes are enjoying the spring sunshine and are getting better every day. This roasted pepper and tomato soup is not only great for your lunchbox but also works well as a starter or light supper. Roasting the tomatoes with the peppers gives them a little bit of extra flavour.

Ingredients

  • 3 red bell peppers
  • 2 tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • ½ cup fresh cream (optional)

To garnish

  • Hard-boiled egg
  • Ġbejna
  • Pine nuts
  • Basil
  • Olive oil or more fresh cream

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°
  2. Cut the peppers in half and place in a roasting tin, skin side up.
  3. Cut the tomatoes in half and place skin side down.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Roast in the oven for 30 mins until the skins of the pepper start to blacken and blister.
  6. Remove from the oven and when cool enough to handle remove the skins from the peppers.
  7. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil and add the onion.
  8. Fry gently until the onions are translucent.
  9. Add the peeled pepper and roasted tomatoes along with any of their juices.
  10. Mix well and fry for 30 seconds or so.
  11. Add the chicken stock and top up with water until the vegetables are just covered.
  12. Bring to the boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 mins.
  13. With a stick blender, blend until smooth.
  14. If using, add the cream and blend until incorporated.
  15. Take the garnish to work in a separate container and add to the top of the soup just before serving.

Monique Chambers
Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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