Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Roasted red bell pepper soup

An unusual weather swept our area the last two days. A frigid air , light snow dusting in lower elevation, a dangerous frosty black ice for the morning commute brought a new experience for Northern Californian. It was unexpected! Brr...sudden unbearable cold. First time, I have seen the temperature dipping to freezing level in 5 years! Seems none bothered or complained this cold weather. Many enthusiastic school kids were rolling in  frosty grass, trying to make icy ball including my son, they enjoyed the weather change and wished the ice should stay for longer! Hey, I don't welcome this kind of change ! Thanks to mother nature, it is temporary, the mercury level should rise back! But rain is on the way, hmm better than snow and frost!

What could be better than having a bowl of hot soup? To feel cozy for the chilly cold night! It is light and full of flavor!



Roasted red bell pepper-tomato and basil soup
Yield: 2 bowls

Soup






Ingredients:

Red bell pepper: 1 large or 2 small
Tomato juice : 1 cup (I used canned organic tomato juice) or use 2 to 3 fresh blanched tomatoes
Milk (low fat): 1 1/2 cup
Onion: 1 medium diced
Garlic: 2 cloves
Basil: fresh 6 to 8 leaves
Olive oil: 1 tsp
Salt: as per ur taste
Freshly ground black pepper


To garnish
Greek yogurt or sour cream: a dollop
Basil leaves.


Step 1

How to roast the bell pepper?

Halve the bell pepper , remove the stem, seeds and membrane. Place in baking sheet , skin side up. Broil the pepper until the skin charred or turns black. Take out and place immediately in brown paper bag or keep in a plastic container with lid!
After 10 or 15 min, take out and remove the loosen skin. Dice into chunk.

U can even roast the tomato if you use fresh one.

How to prepare this soup?

Heat a pot with oil, sauté the onion followed by garlic. Add the tomato juice and bell pepper, heat through in low heat. Add the milk bring to a low boil, add the basil and immediately with hand blender, blend the soup into a desired consistency. Give a rough blend. You may adjust the salt and pepper if u think the soup is thick with milk or warm water can be added.

Serve in the bowl , top with cream/greek yogurt and basil. A hot sandwich will be a perfect accompaniment for the dinner table!

This soup is for the happy soul lady who picked Monthly Mingle :Soup  event created by another talented blogger Meeta.

58 comments:

Soma said...

Oh it is such a soupy kind of weather here.. chilling in 20's and I am craving this so bad.. what a lovely color and flavors.

Superchef said...

roasted red pepper elevates soup to a diffrent level altogether..love it in the butternut squash soups!!

Pavani said...

Yummm... Soup looks delicious. Perfect pic.

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Humm soups looks yummy with a dollop of cream on it...nice click..

notyet100 said...

click looks too good,...:-)cann understand how cold it mus be tk cre,..;-)

LG said...

I like this soup very much. I made this earlier but with mixed herbs, tomato and red bellpepper. Soup looks picture perfect! and delicious too..

Madhavi said...

Yummyyyyyyyy soup and greattt presentation!!!

Madhu said...

Feels so warm and comforting, perfect winter warmer,nice click as always.

Sunshinemom said...

What would we not give for a little bit of that experience!! But sudden climatic changes are disturbing to say the least. Hope things will get back to normal in a day or two. Thanks for sending that delicious soup my way:).

Bong Mom said...

I can see the pics from home Cham. Guess it is blocked at work then. The color looks so so lovely. I am not much of a bell pepper fan and yet this makes me crave some

Nandini said...

Mmmmmmm....It's the soup of my taste! Perfect and pass me one cup! Beautiful color and clicks! During night-time, only my nose is visible!

G.Pavani said...

oh..looking yummy n colurful

Sharmilee! :) said...

Havent heard of this, but sure looks yummy!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Wow,a comforting soup for the weather now, Excellent click,did u changed ur camera?

Curry Leaf said...

I caan understand the weather there.Love the soup .The combo of red pepper with tomato is perfect.The click looks too inviting

Vibaas said...

looks soooo yum and comforting!

Cham said...

Rak:No the same camera- but did little touch up in photoshop

Rahin said...

soup looks "souper" cute , combination of roasted peppers n tomato n basil ...sure must be a winner

Prathibha said...

wow..wat a color dear..looks very appetizing..loved those black cups dear....very hearty soup..

Kayal said...

The color looks so good and will taste good.

DEESHA said...

thatz beautiful looking soup

Lavi said...

i have tried chutney and love it. soup is a diff idea Cham. Looks so colourfull! pretty capture!

my kitchen said...

Nice presentation,soup looks perfect

Happy cook said...

Here too it is cold and i so so wish that i could have that bowl of delicous warming poup.

Priya said...

Roasted red pepper soup looks fantastic, with basil touch, yumm i really feel like having the soup rite now..

Sonia said...

Lemme have this soup! Even we have strange and stupid weather here... thunderstorm, windy, rainy and cold in summer. :(
Lovely shot Cham! :)

Chitra said...

Lovely color..Hope u had enjoyed having this in cold weather !!

Akal's Saappadu said...

we're expecting some snow falls too, for the whole next week ;

nice warming and creamy soup for the season!! lovely colour!! ( and thanks for the tip for cabbage poriyal :)

prasu said...

lovely click dear............soup looks tempting.

Dershana said...

sipping on mushroom soup and reading your bell pepper recipe :-)

yummy lukin!

SE(Denufood) said...

Excellent click...and the soup is perfect for the weather!!

Laavanya said...

Stunning pic Cham - i love the depth the roasted red bell peppers give this soup. Nice combination of flavors.

Swati said...

Lovely soup Cham... A special thanks for the prompt visit to my blog and thanks so much for remembering.
See you soon.

Gulmohar said...

Fabulous...eyecatching presentation and lovely click :-)

Red Chillies said...

Cham, it makes me so so so jealous when people in California complain about the weather :-(OK, i get it, it is COLD :-)
The soup looks perfect for this freezing weather out here.

Divya Vikram said...

It was freezing in LA as well! but we did not have snow :( Soup looks comforting andperfect for this weather!

Gita said...

Nice presentation Cham...I simply love this soup..I make it quite often in winter :)

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

wow... fantastic picture....very nice.

DK said...

yeah - it got really cold - actually in fact a tea table in our lawn actually had a layer of ice on it in the morning :)

Yes soups are it! Looks hearty and warming.

jayasree said...

Comforting soup ... perfect for the weather you mentioned.

What an awesome click..great presentation.

aquadaze said...

I love roasted bell pepper! And I am so craving this soup with its lovely melange of flavours

lata raja said...

Cham, hope the weather is behaving now! The soup is awesome and very flavourful with the herbs and the peppers.

Uma said...

we expected some snow too, but it turned into rain. Kids were so disappointed. And today it's still raining. Boring weather :(

Soup looks fabulous Cham! Perfect for the cold weather. Gorgeous Pic :)

Vrinda said...

new soup to me...lov the color and mehod,nice shot....

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Nice pics...Nice recipe too :)

Usha said...

Delightful soup with lovely color, perfect for the freezing cold days we are facing these days !

karuna said...

Hey Cham, How u doing?
U knw I get this soup from Trader joes...just love it. Thanks for sharing the recipe, will try for sure.

delhibelle said...

Amazing colour, and a lovely recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Yasmeen said...

The temperature are brrr...cold for most of the winter here.Its always glad to have a tasty soup like such to keep warm :D

sangeeta said...

this is completely my kind of soup n yet i never tried such a soup , my husband is allergic to bell peppers but i think this soup is worth doing it just for myself..:)

Homecooked said...

Hey...you are in North California! Heard about the cold there...though here in Southern California its a little bit better :) But this soup os perfect for rainy days that we've been having here!

s said...

never seen soup looking this good

n33ma said...

wow such a treat during this nasty weather.Love the color and greek yogurt in there.

Jamie said...

Hi Cham, the soup looks great. I have always loved ordering this soup in restaurants, now I can follow your recipe and make it at home! Hope you are doing well!

Uj said...

Hey Cham thats looks like a warm bowl of comforting soup.. great pics.. I haven ever tried red bell pepper soup

shankari said...

Easy recipe and looks rich too

Miri said...

I hate how expensive red bell peppers are here - but I think I have to try this soup anyway!

Pravs said...

ahh..this soup must be so good. Looks delicious.