Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

Prep time 15 min cook time 60 min serves 6 Super Easy

This simple roasted red pepper and tomato soup is inspired by rustic Italian ingredients, and celebrates the wonderful flavour of ripe, seasonal tomatoes and peppers. To take your soup to the next level, enjoy experimenting with the garnishes – see ingredients for ideas – and enjoy a hearty, low calorie, low-fat soup.

Typical nutritional content (per portion)

88Calories 4.4gFat 0.6gSaturates 9gSugars 0.54gSalt


3 red peppers, halved, cored and seeded

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

½ teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

1 large onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

225g (8oz) plum tomatoes peeled, seeded and diced

2 tablespoons tomato puree

900ml (1½ pints) vegetable stock

1 tablespoon torn fresh basil

Optional garnishes – basil leaves, dollop of fat-free plain yogurt and mixed nuts/seeds, sliced plum tomato

Freshly ground black pepper


Preheat oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5. Arrange the pepper halves in a baking tin, cut side up. Drizzle over half the olive oil and then sprinkle the vinegar and thyme on top. Place in oven and roast for 20-25 minutes until softened and lightly golden.

When the peppers are cold enough to handle, slip the skins off the peppers and discard, then chop the flesh roughly, reserving as much of the juice as possible. Set aside until needed.

Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a pan, add the onion and garlic and sweat for 10 minutes until lightly golden, stirring occasionally. Add the reserved pepper flesh with the plum tomatoes, tomato purée and stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes until slightly reduced in volume. Add the basil and then blitz with a hand blender until smooth. Season lightly with pepper and then ladle the soup into warmed bowls. Garnish with the basil sprigs to serve, plus any additional extra toppings you fancy, like a dollop of fat-free plain yogurt and toasted seeds, or sliced plum tomato.

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