Monday, October 31, 2011

Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

Tomato and Red Pepper Soup
Serves 4
4 large red peppers
4 garlic cloves, unpeeled
1tsp dried oregano
4tbsp olive oil
1 large red onion, peeled and chopped
6 large tomatoes, peeled
850ml (1½ pt) vegetable stock
1tsp sugar
Half a packet fresh basil leaves
2 small ciabatta loaves, baked according to packet instructions

1, Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F, gas mark 6). Place the peppers and garlic on a baking tray, sprinkle with oregano and 1tbsp olive oil. Roast for 30-35 mins until the pepper skins are blistered. Place the hot peppers in a plastic bag. When cold, peel and chop the flesh, discarding the seeds.

2, Heat 1tbsp olive oil in a large pan and fry the onion for 10 mins until softened. Chop the tomatoes, discarding the seeds and add to the pan with the peppers, stock, sugar and a few basil leaves. Squeeze the soft cooked garlic from the cloves and add to the pan. Simmer for 30 mins.

3, Slice the ciabatta into four and brush with the remaining olive oil. Chop the basil (keeping a few leaves for garnish) and sprinkle over the bread. Season and lightly grill. Whizz the soup in a food processor then reheat. Garnish with basil leaves and black pepper and serve with the toasts.

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