Monday, April 2, 2012

Pretty Red Soup

soup, 2012

I made this wonderful soup last week and thought you might like to try it. It's more of a sketch of a soup than a true recipe because I simply tossed together a variety of ingredients I happened to have in my kitchen. This is how I usually make soup.

I found this combination especially good, so I wrote it down.

Pretty Red Soup

Find a medium pot for soup and gather your ingredients.

- good olive oil
- 1 big red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 small leek, chopped
- grey sea salt
- 4 whole plum tomatoes (canned w/ some juice)
- 14 ½ ounces of low sodium chicken broth
- 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 cups roasted (w/ olive oil, s&p) beets & carrots, chopped
- 1 tablespoon cream

Warm a tablespoon or so of olive oil in pot set over medium heat.

Add red bell pepper and leek and sprinkle with a little grey sea salt.

Allow pepper and leek to soften, about 7 minutes.

Crush (I do so with my hands) and add tomatoes and garlic to pot and simmer 5 minutes.

Add carrots and beets and simmer 10 more minutes.

Turn off heat.

Puree contents of pot with immersion blender.

Stir in cream.

I ate mine as-is, but it might look nice served with a dollop of Greek yogurt or crème fraîche and a sprinkle of something green, minced (maybe chive).

Enjoy!

26 comments:

  1. Funnily enough I made a very similar soup last week with beetroot and tomatoes but I'm keen to try your recipe with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of chives. Let's enjoy such thick soups before the weather turns too warm. Great photo with the curves of the bowl and the straight lines.

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  2. I'm so in! Thank you for the recipe.

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  3. as I have soup pretty much every day I welcome a new recipe, especially one that looks so lovely.

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  4. Perfect - I'm always on the lookout for a good (and easy) soup recipe. One question - is the beet flavour very strong? I love them, but R does not at all, and so I am wondering if I could sneak them in....perhaps I could up the carrots to beets ratio....? Or declare their flavour as a 'mystery' ingredient...?

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  5. Annie, I wouldn't say the beet flavor was strong, but it was there. I believe the sweet bell pepper was the strongest ingredient. Your idea to up the carrots and minimize the beets seems a good solution to me. I'd love to know if you don't mention there are beets involved if R notices them. If you find some of the darker reddish or purple carrots it will help to keep the soup red, but bright orange soup would be lovely as well.

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  6. this table could be set centuries ago. i like the simplicity of the kitchen towel and of the ingredients. I am much into simplicity lately.

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  7. i like this sketch- with found objects (always the makings of a good soup, I think!)

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  8. Sounds, and looks, yummy. I like to make soup that way, too. I think I'll try this, more or less (adapted to ingredients I have on hand, of course!) Thanks for the recipe.

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  9. A sketch of a soup is a perfect description for one that looks so artistic.

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  10. Lovely. I'm off to the kitchen. I only have the tomatoes and carrots but I think these will make a good base.
    It's a windy spring day crying out for soup.

    xo Jane

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  11. It looks (and sounds) delicious. It's starting to cool down here, perfect soup-weather.

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  12. your sketch of a soup sounds, looks tempting.
    n♥

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  13. Looks so good! I currently have an orange soup (carrot and pumpkin) cooling on the stove, awaiting pureeing. Yum. I do love the randomness with which we can make soups - throw in spices, vegies etc and create new combinations all the time.

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  14. You're so intrepid to fearlessly combine vegetables and make soup. I'm always inclined to use a recipe, as I'm not at the improv stage yet with soup.

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  15. SO pretty! do you think i can leave out the tomatoes - can´t have them right now...

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  16. WSAKE, Sure. Give it a try. You could add a bit extra carrot or beet to maintain the thickness or just subtract the tomato and have a slightly thinner soup. If you experiment, let me know how it works out for you.

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  17. a very pretty red, indeed. I hadn't expected the tomatoes in there, and I do relish the unexpected.

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  18. Mmm such beautiful flavors happening here. I think I'll try this. Thanks, Denise.

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  19. Very, very pretty red soup. And the linens - OH! What a great image. I want to pin it. Do you pin yet? Would you mind?

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  20. Relyn, I've been pinning for a long while. My Pinterest link is here in the right margin. No, I do not at all mind your pinning this image. I'm glad you like it.

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  21. This soup looks like a painting of what soup should be. Very cozy and artful. Bon Apetit.

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  22. Very pretty. I'm glad you shared this sketch -- I'll use it to inspire my soup-making with the beets, tomatoes & carrots I harvest from the garden in late summer.

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  23. That sounds and looks delicious. And I love that its name includes "pretty". Will try! I am a thrower together of ingredients too.

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  24. I always enjoy the way you write your recipes.

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  25. This sounds (and looks) excellent! I have developed a strange addiction to beets lately...and roasted ones are the best.

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  26. love love love the photo. so much

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