Tomato, basil & red pepper soup

Red pepper soup 2I make loads of soup in the winter. I actually always have a container of soup in the fridge, just in case. It is the perfect guilt-free comfort food in the winter, and the best way way to eat the famous 5 a day. Let’s face it, there is no way I will eat a salad on a winter day… This particular soup warms my tummy AND gives me a taste of summer.

It is actually a little twist from the Thermomix demonstration I have had before buying my new toy. Still using it loads…cooking more than may seem reasonable.

So here is for the red pepper soup!

Ingredients:

1 big red pepper

400 g canned tomatoes

5-6 basil leaves

2 garlic cloves

1/2 onion

1 cube chicken stock

1 handful red lentils

10 cl olive oil

400 ml water

Instructions:

1. Put the red lentils in the thermomix and grind for 30 sec until fine. Remove and leave on the side in a plate.

2. Cut the red pepper into thick slices, remove stem and seeds. Cut the onion in slices. Put peppers, garlic and onion in the thermomix for a few seconds, speed 4, to chop.

4. Add the olive oil into the chopped vegetables, and set the thermomix on 100°C, speed 5 for 5 minutes to sauté.

5. Add stock, water, basil leaves and ground lentils and canned tomatoes. Puree on speed 8 until smooth and creamy.

Enjoy with garlic bread or a slice of chiabatta, to keep winter at bay!

If you don’t have a thermomix or food processor:

– Step 1: you can add the lentils at step 5, and then mix them with the rest of the soup at step 6 with a mixer at step 6.

– Step 2: Chop the pepper, onions and garlic roughly. Them sauté them in a pan with olive oil.

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4 thoughts on “Tomato, basil & red pepper soup

  1. That’s a lovely recipe. I make tomato and red pepper soup from time to time but the addition of lentils is a great idea. BTW … I had to google ‘thermomix’. It looks terrific … Every year I make a resolution not to impuslively buy new kitchen toys but I feel my resolve slipping already 🙂

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    • Hey! Yes a wonderful tool indeed..but a bit pricey so don’t get too impulsive on that one 😉 I bought it because I was just moving out of an all-equipped, all furnished apartment and had literally nothing in my kitchen. Perfect excuse!

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