Spicy Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

Matt and I are starting to realize why we got such a good deal on our Davis Square apartment. Being on the third floor of an old townhouse means that it’s unbearably hot in the summer, yet our apartment has basically no insulation to keep the heat in during the winter. I’m pretty sure when it got up to 60 last week, it was below that temperature in my apartment.

I’ll stop complaining now…but needless to say, I’ve been constantly craving warm soup. I got the idea for this one from the Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup I buy sometimes at Trader Joe’s. Their version is surprisingly good for something out of a carton, but it still doesn’t beat homemade. I upped the flavor in my at-home version by adding some sweet, roasted garlic along with a generous pinch of red chili flakes and fresh basil. The result was not only flavorful and comforting, but its beautiful red-orange hue was nice change from all the wintery brown food I’ve been eating lately!

Spicy Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

Yield: 2 servings

Spicy Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

I roasted the peppers for this soup in the oven, but roasting the peppers on a grill would be even better.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 large red bell peppers, thickly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • Half of a small onion, roughly chopped
  • Pinch of red chili flakes
  • 6 canned plum tomatoes (without juices)
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock (preferably homemade)
  • Small handful of basil leaves, chiffonade
  • 1/2 teaspoon sherry vinegar


  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Wrap the garlic along with a half tablespoon of the olive oil and a pinch of salt in foil. Drizzle a tablespoon of the olive oil over the peppers.
  • Place both the peppers and garlic in the oven and cook until the peppers are soft and charred in some spots, about 35-40 minutes. (I cooked extra garlic to use later – it’s delicious spread on toasted bread!)
  • Take any of the peel off of the peppers that comes off easily, but don’t worry about it being perfect because they’re just going to get pureed later.
  • Heat the remaining olive oil over medium heat in a dutch oven. Add the onion, chili flakes, and some salt. Cook until the onions are soft, and then add the garlic, peppers, tomatoes, and vegetable stock. Cook for 20 minutes for the flavors to come together, breaking apart the tomatoes as they cook. Add most of the basil (reserving some for garnish) and puree the soup. Add the sherry vinegar and additional salt to taste.
  • Serve with a drizzle of olive oil, fresh ground black pepper, and the remaining basil.

What do you cook to warm you up in the winter?

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  • http://megan-deliciousdishings.blogspot.com/ Megan

    That soup does have a gorgeous hue! Definitely the right thing to keep you warm. My office is in an old building and is pretty drafty so I know just what you mean.

  • http://www.acambridgestory.com Emily

    This really does look like the TJs soup! Delicious! Our third flloor is similarly drafty and investing in some good thermo curtains helped a lot (as did blowing extra insulation helped too).

    • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

      Oh, the thermo curtains are a great idea…thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/MichellePC Michelle Collins

    I love that soup from Trader Joe’s! And our house has also been cold, so I’ve been warming up with soups, chilis and hot coffee.

    • Cindalu2

      I just had the Trader Joe’s brand for the first time and it was delish… Going to have to stock up for winter …! I’m with you… love chili and soups when the temps drop.

  • http://twitter.com/Daisy_III Kristen

    this is some of the most gorgeous looking soup..that color! I bet it tastes even better.

  • http://twitter.com/TraveleatloveMM Meghan M.

    This looks like the perfect winter comfort food. Dunk a grilled cheese in it, and I’d be all set. 🙂

    • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

      When I sat down to eat it, I was SO wishing I had made a grilled cheese also!

  • Sacha

    You know, you’re the third person who has mentioned that TJs soup to me–but I bet it doesn’t beat this!

  • http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/ Joanne (eats well with others)

    I re-fell in love with roasted garlic recently and want to put it in everything! Sounds wonderful in this soup. My apartment has no insulation because of it’s HUGE windows. Good in summer…not so much in winter.

  • http://www.confessionsofachocoholic.com/ Bianca Garcia

    Adding roasted garlic is an awesome idea! I wish I had a bowl of this for lunch today…

  • http://twitter.com/tri2cook Shannon G

    oh man, this sounds wonderful. and i’m loving these photos 🙂

  • Cindalu2

    I just had some of the Trader Joe’s and it was delish… I can only imagine how good the fresh homemade kind is… Can’t wait to try it!

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