Fire-Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Soup
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We have all been told that chicken soup is king when you have a cold, but have you thought about the benefits of a bowl of red pepper soup? Maybe you didn’t know that bell peppers are high in vitamin C, as well as being full of vitamin A and beta-carotene. And roasting your own bell peppers saves you a bit of money. We can only think of one more reason for you to make this recipe for Fire-Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Soup … it is delicious!
10 to 12 Roma tomatoes, halved
1 large red pepper, halved
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, sliced
1/4 cup finely chopped carrot
1/4 cup thinly sliced onion
1 carton (16 ounces) low-sodium chicken broth
pinch of sugar
salt and pepper, to taste
shredded cheese of choice, for topping
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Put the tomato and pepper halves in a bowl and drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Lay cut side down on the baking sheet and roast for 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and place the peppers in a closed plastic bag for 15 minutes. Remove the peppers from the bag and discard the seeds and skin before chopping. In a soup pot, sauté the garlic, carrot, and onion until translucent. Add the roasted tomatoes and peppers and the broth. Cover and cook on low for 30 minutes.
Add the sugar. Using a hand blender, purée the mixture until smooth. Add salt and pepper. Before serving, top with cheese.
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