I’ve always found the following Red Pepper and Tomato Soup to be a very elegant way to start a meal. It’s richly flavoured and it’s beautifully coloured. The contrast between the scarlet liquid and white bowls is really quite lovely. And if you take the time (which you really, really should even though it’s horribly tedious) to push the soup through a sieve, the texture is positively velvety.
What is less elegant, however, is my insistance on creating little cream love hearts on the surface of the soup.
Elegant? Perhaps not.
Bovered? Not in the slightest
Red Pepper and Tomato Soup (based on Lindsay Bareham’s version in the remarkable A Celebration of Soup)
Serves 4 as a starter
5 red peppers,
1 onion, chopped
400ml tomato juice
2 tblspn tomato puree
400ml stock (chicken or vegetable)
Roast and peel the red peppers in which ever way you please. I do it this way.
Saute the onion in a little olive oil until softened.
Add the pepper and olive oil to a food processor and whizz for a few seconds.
Add the tomato juice, tomato puree and stock to the blender and whizz again, this time for longer. Whizz until you can no longer see whole onion pieces flying by.
Push the soup through a sieve into a pan. I like to use rubber gloves to do this. You won’t get it all through, by the by. It’s fine to be left with a few tablespoons of pinky oniony stuff in the sieve.
Heat the soup over a medium low heat until almost simmering. Add lemon juice and seasoning to taste.
Serve topped with a little cream in the shape of a love heart. 🙂
P.S. Didn’t think there would be any food blogging these few weeks. As always though, this blog is a welcome escape.
P.P.S. If you’re confused by the word “bovered” watch this. Hillarious.
Soup looks good! Catherine Tate was hilarious, thanks for sharing!
Of course your hearts are elegant. And yes, a sieve is necessary if you are going for the elegant factor.
My husband will not eat ‘tomato soup’ but maybe I can make this and tell him it is red pepper soup. I bet he’d love it!
I’m loving the use of the word ‘bovered’ and especially the clip, I’ve not seen that one before!
Oh, and the soup looks yummy too. Good luck with the move!
Em – You’re welcome. It’s one of my favourites. 🙂
Siri – Oh good. 🙂
Starwoodgal – Good luck! Let me know if it was a success!
Domestikate84 – I have a French friend and any time we drink lots of wine together it’s always this clip that I quote. Repeatedly. Love it. 🙂
I personally love the hearts, and insist that they are elegant. 😉
Sieve? Sieve? Push it through some muslin and get the twin advantages of silky texture and great arm muscles.
Robin – Very glad to hear it. 🙂
Trig – I’m really not sure I could go through with that, Trig. I find the sieve traumatic enough!
i particularly love the bovered sketch which is done in french.
wow…yummy…soup looks great….definitely gonna try it ….uphere i always have hard time to find ingredients..one of my friend introduced me to a great resource http://www.myethnicworld.com and i thought that i can pass great along as well.
I don’t know how I managed to miss this post. That soup looks to delicious. I am actually drooling looking at it, but my over-riding feeling is “how did she manage that heart?”.