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Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup with Roasted Garlic

Did your mom ever try to feed you Campbells Tomato Soup as a kid (from concentrate)?!  I swear your mom loved you even though that crap is disgusting.  Not only is Campbells Tomato Soup crammed with sodium (i’m talking 17% of your daily allowance of sodium in 1 serving), but you also have to water the soup-goop down before you can eat it….mmm appetizing…NOT.

Tomato soup is an all time winter staple in our house.  It’s delicious and comforting–just try to name something better than grilled cheese and tomato soup on a cold winter day.  The problem for us arose a few years ago when I developed lactose intolerance.  I have to look really closely at the ingredients in my food and I kept realizing that most soups have dairy hidden in them.  I mean, do you really need cream and cheese in tomato soup to make it delicious?  I don’t think so.  So, i’ve decided to develop my own little spin on the classic American “tomato soup”.

These are the roasted red peppers–they’re not very photogenic but are super delicious and sweet!


This recipe gets a bit of kick from the roasted garlic and roasted red peppers.  These two ingredients on their own require a little bit of prep work, and if you don’t want to put in that extra effort, you could totally buy roasted red peppers in a jar (just check the sodium level) and use raw garlic (just sauté it for a bit before adding in the red peppers).

One thing that i’m very particular about in the ingredients is that you need to use San Marzano canned tomatoes.  You’re making a tomato soup from canned tomatoes so you really need to make sure that you’re using the best quality tomatoes available.  I can think of nothing worse than using mediocre tomatoes in a dish featuring tomatoes.  Right?  San Marzano are a variety of plum tomatoes.  They’re sweeter than Romas with a stronger taste.  This makes for a really intense tomato flavor for your soup–no off-can taste here even though you’re using canned tomatoes.

Look at that olive oil drizzle….fancy schmancy…

This soup does require that you puree it in the end to get that nice silky texture.  I use an immersion blender so that I can control the level of puree while still maintaining some full vegetable bites in my soup.  It’s a personal preference and if you don’t have an immersion blender you can totally use a blender.  Just make sure that you blend in batches and pop the middle of your blender top so that the steam can escape.  Otherwise you WILL end up with hot tomato soup spewing out of your blender and all over yourself and your kitchen…not like i’ve ever done that. (five times.)


Also you’re going to finish off this soup with a nice bit of freshly cracked black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.  I always thought that it was a crock of shit when chefs drizzled olive oil on a dish at the end to finish it.  Well, allow me to correct myself.  Since you’re not using any cream in this tomato soup, the olive oil really helps add some richness to the soup that you would otherwise be missing.  Plus it just looks fancy and people will think you’re like Martha Stewart when you serve them this.  Don’t skip the olive oil drizzle!


Ready for the recipe?

Serves: 4 to 6


  • 2- 28oz cans of San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1 head of roasted garlic (google how to roast garlic or comment below and i’ll write a separate post)
  • 3 roasted red bell peppers (you can totally roast your own at home! Simply place under the broiler of your oven until the skins are blistering and turning black–roughly 10 minutes.  Then throw in a ziplock bag, seal and let steam for 30 minutes.  Then peel and chop and you’re ready to go!)
  • 1 medium sized onion, diced
  • 4 cups vegetable stock (I use low sodium and organic)
  • 1/2 tsp red chili pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp thyme



  • Add some olive oil to a heavy bottomed pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat
  • Once the olive oil is fragrant, add the onions and saute until softened (approximately 3 minutes)
  • Add in the roasted garlic and red peppers and stir to combine

  • Add in the thyme, oregano, red pepper flakes and basil and stir to coat the onions and peppers well
  • Add in the tomatoes and vegetable stock and stir to combine.
  • Allow the soup to simmer for about 45 minutes uncovered.
  • Then turn off heat and either pulse with the immersion blender to puree or let rest a few minutes before transferring to your blender in batches.

  • Once the soup has been pureed, ladle into bowls and top with a bit of freshly cracked pepper and a generous drizzle of olive oil.



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