Roast Tomato and Red Pepper Soup

George and I both like trying out new things. He recently asked me if I could make a fresh tomato soup that he could take to work for his lunch. I never actually made fresh tomato soup. Only sauce. However, it clearly cannot be that different complicated. So I studied a few recipes and videos for hints and tips and started throwing things together. A mix of basic  must haves as well as some extras that I had thrown in for extra flavour. The result was very tasty. The whole soup will cost less than £5 to serves about 3 people and you wont need to invest any more than 35-40 minutes maximum from beginning to end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What you need:

  • 1-2 medium size onion
  • 1-2  red peppers
  • 6 tomatoes
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp oil (I used olive oil)
  • 6 stalks of fresh thyme or 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1-2 tsp  dried oregano
  • 300 ml boiling water
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp sweetener. You can use sugar as well, i used agave syrup but any other sweetener will work just as good
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • fresh basil chopped into the soup and to decorate

What you need to do:

  • Preheat your oven at 190°C / 375°F / Gas Mark 5.
  • Peel the onion and slice into strips
  • Clean the peppers, de-seed and slice them
  • Wash the tomatoes and cut them into quarters
  • Keep the Garlic cloves whole with the skin left on
  • Line the baking tray with foil or use a roasting dish
  • Lay all vegetables on the baking tray or roasting dish and drizzle with the oil
  • Season well with salt and black pepper, thyme and oregano
  • Gently toss  everything together until fully coated with the herbs and oil.
  • Transfer the tray or roasting dish to the pre-heated oven  for 20-25 minutes
  • Mix the stock cube into the boiling water and stir in the tomato puree and sweetener
  • Pick out the garlic cloves and take off the skins, still keeping them as whole
  • Transfer all roasted vegetables straight into a blender or food processor
  • Add the stock mixture
  • Blend again
  • Do a final taste test and season if needed

Enjoy!

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