Taken from Frost Magazine
Early Autumn is one of my favourite culinary times of the year, root vegetables are becoming
abundant, it is the season for game , hearty stews and fiery curries
and it is when soups really come into their own. As the expected cold spell descends from
the Artic just in time for Bonfire Night I thought I would pass one of our family favourite recipes. There is nothing as comforting after walking on the beach or kicking up some leaves up in the park
with the children as a nice bowl of soup.
Roasted Red Pepper Soup serves 4 to 6
2 large deep Red Peppers, halved & de-seeded.
1 large Onion, peeled and sliced
3 cloves of Garlic, peeled.
2 sticks of Celery, washed and thinly sliced
1 large Carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
2 x 400 gr tins of chopped Tomatoes
1/2 litre of Vegetable Stock
100 ml quality Olive Oil
50 gr Tomato Purée
1 heaped teaspoon dried Basil
1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
Juice of one fresh Lemon
A generous pinch of dried Chilli flakes
Sea Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper
Pre-heat your oven to 200 C / 360 F / Gas Mark 4. Place the pepper halves and
garlic cloves on to a baking tray and drizzle with a little of the olive oil. Bake at the top of your oven for thirty minutes until the vegetables are roasted and nicely caramelised. In the
meantime, heat the remaining oil in a large heavy-bottomed pan, over a medium heat, and sauté the chopped up onion, carrot and celery for about ten minutes until soft.
In a second pan heat up the vegetable stock and add the tomato purée and the chilli
flakes. Whisk and then add to the onions, celery and carrots. Peel any very dark, burnt spots from the peppers and add them, the garlic and remaining ingredients to the stock and
vegetables. Bring the soup to a low boil, turn down the heat and simmer for twenty to twenty-five minutes.
Remove from heat and allow to completely cool then using a hand blender or food
processor blitz the until the soup is smooth. You can pass the soup through a sieve if you want a more refined dinner party finish. To serve, reheat and season with salt, pepper and lemon to