Red pepper and courgette soup

Who else is fed up of this weather? I know I am. But there is one good thing about it being cold, grey and rainy and that’s all the tasty, comforting food you can eat. Don’t ask me why, but I’m a real one for eating out of bowls, and because of that I eat a lot of soup. Not just because it is so tasty but it means that I can hug the bowl whilst I dig in.

Almost every Sunday, I make a big batch of soup. I make enough so that I can take my lunch with me to work every day – I’m not really one for buying lunch – and this latest addition to my repertoire is really tasty. The smoked paprika gives it a Spanish feel and all of those vegetables combined with the garlic and herbs make it really tasty and oh-so good for you. I like my soups on the thick side, but if you prefer something a little thinner, simply add more stock.

Red pepper and courgette soup

  • 3 red peppers
  • 2 courgettes
  • 2 onions
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 tsp of smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 900ml of vegetable stock
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Chop all of your vegetables into bite-sized chunks. Add the olive oil to a large stockpot, followed by the onions, garlic, celery, carrots and garlic. Cook on a medium heat for 10-15 minutes, until the base vegetables have softened.
  2. Add the peppers and courgettes and sauté for a further minute. Cover with the vegetable stock and add the thyme and smoked paprika. Bring the soup up to the boil and then reduce to a simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the vegetables have softened well and are ready to be blended.
  3. Blend thoroughly and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with some crusty bread, or a side salad if you are watching your calories.

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  • Margaret

    This recipe really appeals to me so much so that I want to hunt out the vegetable peeler, dust down my largest pot and succeed in producing an appetising meal. Thank you for the inspiration.

    • chiara

      Glad it appeals to you Margaret. If you make it, I hope you enjoy it!

  • http://www.ohgoshblog.co.uk/ em

    We have the Covent Garden ‘A Soup a Day’ book and Jim’s been working through it so we eat a LOT of soup, but I love soups made with red pepper. This sounds amazing.

  • chiara

    Thanks Em! If you make it I hope you enjoy it!

  • Siobhan

    This seems to be a lot quicker than my roasted red pepper soup but the paprika probably makes it still smoky. Will try this out next week.