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Roasted Red Pepper Soup – Creamy, Healthy And Delicious

January 30, 2020

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A rich and intensely flavoured Roasted Red Pepper Soup made with sweet, charred red peppers, garlic, sun dried tomatoes for an extra flavour kick and topped with  homemade basil pesto and a creme fraiche swirl. Warm, comforting and easy!

A bowl of roasted red pepper soup on a wooden board with peppers and basil in the background

This roasted red pepper soup has a rich, thick and creamy consistency that you could eat it at room temperature during the summer months or nice and hot when the weather turns chilly.

I never used to be keen on pepper sauces or soups because they always came out overly sweet to me but this red pepper soup has the perfect balance of sweet and tart flavours.

I added a splash of lemon juice which really made a difference and the sun dried tomatoes totally transform the flavours from too sweet to perfect!

It’s completely veggie, super healthy, delicious and SO easy to make, I love it!

Should I Peel the Peppers?

No, I don’t peel the red peppers, if you roast them until they are super soft then there’s no need to peel them.

But if you prefer to peel them then cut the peppers in half instead of chunks so they are easier to peel. After roasting if the skins don’t peel easily then place them in a ziploc bag whilst still hot for a few minutes and the skins should come off easily.

How To Make Roasted Red Pepper Soup – Step By Step

Roughly chop the red peppers (bell peppers or sweet pointed peppers) and place in a large baking tray with peeled whole garlic cloves. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper then roast in the oven until slightly charred (photos 1 & 2).

Finely chop a white (yellow) onion and saute with a little olive oil until translucent and soft in a large pot. Once soft, add the roasted peppers and garlic, sun dried tomatoes and vegetable stock (photos 3-5).

Step by step photos for making roasted red pepper soup

 

Simmer for 5 minutes then turn off the heat and blend until completely smooth and creamy using an immersion blender.

Tip: At this point taste for seasoning, I only add pepper because there’s enough saltiness from the stock, sun dried tomatoes and pre seasoned peppers (photo 6).

Add a small splash of freshly squeezed lemon juice, stir and serve with a drizzle of creme fraiche and homemade pesto. Grab a hunk of crusty bread and dive in.

The Pesto Swirl – Serving Suggestions

Pesto is pretty much the best thing on earth, right? I could eat it by the spoonful. If you know me you’ll know I’m talking about real homemade pesto and not that jarred stuffed that’s pretty much a lie in a jar. Ha, it just ain’t pesto folks…always go homemade or leave it out.

The homemade pesto is swirled on top of the roasted red pepper soup with a little creme fraiche and it’s CRAZY delicious, find my recipe for homemade pesto here.

And of course, some crusty bread never goes a miss with a big warm bowl of soup.

Homemade focaccia is also perfect for dunking and dipping, yum!

A spoon scooping up some roasted red pepper soup topped with pesto

Top Tips For Making This Roasted Red Pepper Soup

  • Make sure you have a large enough baking tray so the peppers aren’t too crowded. They tend to stew instead of roasting and charring if they aren’t spread out evenly.
  • If you don’t have an immersion blender you can use a normal stand blender, just pour or ladle it in from the pot (be careful not to overfill when it’s hot).
  • You could add red pepper flakes to add a kick of spice.
  • Got tomatoes that need used up? Chop them and roast them with the peppers!
  • Serve with hunks of crusty bread or focaccia for dunking!
  • Once cooled you can store this soup in the fridge (minus the pesto and creme fraiche) for 1-2 days or freeze in suitable containers for up to 3 months.
  • Like most soups and stews this soup is even more delicious the next day.

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Roasted Red Pepper Soup

A rich and intensely flavoured roasted red pepper soup made with juicy and charred red peppers, garlic, sun dried tomatoes for an extra flavour kick and topped with homemade basil pesto and creme fraiche swirl.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Calories 107kcal
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

  • 6 red bell or pointed peppers (1.6 lbs/750g (around 6 peppers)
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 5 sun dried tomatoes jarred
  • 4 garlic cloves peeled and whole
  • 1 squeeze lemon juice (around 1/2 tbsp)
  • 2.5 cups vegetable stock (600ml)
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsp homemade pesto
  • creme fraiche for topping

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 200°C (400°F).
  • Roughly chop the red peppers and place in a large baking tray with peeled whole garlic cloves. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper then roast in the oven until slightly charred (around 40 minutes).
  • Finely chop a white (yellow) onion and saute in a large pot with a little olive oil until translucent and soft. Once soft, add the roasted peppers and garlic, sun dried tomatoes and vegetable stock.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes then turn off the heat and blend until completely smooth using an immersion blender. Taste for seasoning, I only add pepper because there's enough saltiness from the stock and sun dried tomatoes and pre seasoned peppers.
  • Add a small splash of freshly squeezed lemon juice, stir and serve with a drizzle of creme fraiche and homemade pesto. Grab a hunk of crusty bread and dive in.

Notes

  • Make sure you have a large enough baking tray so the peppers aren't too crowded. They tend to stew instead of roasting and charring if they aren't spread out evenly.
  • If you don't have an immersion blender you can use a normal stand blender, just pour or ladle it in from the pot.
  • You could add red pepper flakes to add a kick of spice
  • Once cooled you can store this soup in the fridge (minus the pesto and creme fraiche) for 1-2 days or freeze in suitable containers for up to 3 months.
  • Like most soups and stews this soup is even more delicious the next day

Nutrition

Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 614mg | Potassium: 493mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 6210IU | Vitamin C: 241.4mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1.1mg
Helpful Info for All Recipes
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  • When I use canned or jarred tomatoes of any kind I always use this brand for the best results and flavour
  • All vegetables are medium sized unless stated otherwise
  • All recipes are tested and developed using a fan oven
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27 Comments

  • Reply
    Emily
    January 30, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    I just love red peppers and this soup is out of this world flavorful! Definitely a soup recipe to make again and again!

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    Kathleen
    January 30, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    Sun Dried Tomatoes are genius in this soup. So delish!5 stars

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    Emily Liao
    January 30, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    I love a good red pepper soup and this one is SO delicious!5 stars

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    Pamela
    January 30, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    Yum, I love pepper soup, and really love the addition of sundried tomatoes in this one!

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    Katie
    January 30, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    Made this for the family and it was a hit!5 stars

  • Reply
    Avril
    December 28, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Love this recipe… so delicious5 stars

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    Maggie
    December 28, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Do you take the skin off the peppers after roasting them

  • Reply
    Danielle
    February 19, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Hi, do we drain the sun dried tomatoes before adding them?

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      Inside the rustic kitchen
      February 19, 2019 at 11:44 pm

      Hi Danielle, I use sundried tomatoes in oil so you can either drain them from the jar or remove what you need and pat on kitchen paper to remove excess oil if needed. Thanks!

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    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    August 16, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    I’m a big soup fan and love roasted red pepper soup. Yours looks absolutely amazing! I’d love a bowlful right now.5 stars

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    Alexis
    August 16, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    This dish looks absolutely delicious and your photography is gorgeous. I’ll be adding this dish to our weekly meal plan.5 stars

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    Danielle Wolter
    August 16, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    This sounds amazing. I love that you used sun dried tomatoes to counteract some of the sweet in the red peppers. This is a perfect warm meal 🙂5 stars

  • Reply
    Claudia Lamascolo
    August 16, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    I have always wanted to try this soup but never saw a good recipe for it until now. I think I have everything to make it today! THANKS5 stars

  • Reply
    camila
    August 16, 2018 at 11:55 am

    This soup is soooo beautiful!! Those colors are phenomenal, and I just love the pesto swirl!! This is getting pinned right now because it is a very precious recipe!!5 stars

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    stefani
    August 14, 2018 at 4:13 am

    OMG, I love this recipe.
    This is must try.
    Thank you for the recipe.5 stars

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