Recipes, The Five Pound Meal

Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Soup

Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Soup | The Mother Cooker

I love soup, it is such a comforting meal. But I’ve never actually created my own, I know right. After realising just how much sugar went in to known brands; can you believe there are 5 teaspoons in one can of Heinz? I decided to re-evaluate buying them, especially because Evie is super confident with liquid on a spoon now too. What pushed me to actually do it, was buying a fancy new hand blender in the sale. I had a heap of tomatoes that needed using up and how better than in a soup. January has been so grey, it’s lovely to spoon in some warmth.

Prep time: 8 mins
Cook time: 50 mins
Serves: 4

  • 745g mixed large and small tomatoes (on vine varieties)
  • 2 banana shallots
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 pointed red peppers (or regular if unavailable)
  • Decent pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 pint of chicken stock/vegetable stock as preferred
  • Olive oil
  1. Quarter large tomatoes and halve smaller (cherry) tomatoes.
  2. De-seed peppers and chop in to chunks.
  3. Top chops of garlic cloves and leave in skin.
  4. Pop tomatoes, peppers and garlic in a large baking tin or deep edged baking tray with a decent pinch of salt, 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon of cider vinegar. Mix together by hand.
  5. Pop in the oven on 180 fan/200c/gas mark 5 and roast for 40 minutes.
  6. Whilst your ingredients are roasting, chop your shallots finely and fry in a pan with a little olive oil until soft and golden. Pour in your hot stock and set aside until the roasting is done.
  7. Once roasting has finished, pour everything but the garlic in to the pan with your stock and shallots. Then squeeze the garlic from its skin.
  8. Using a hand blender, combine everything until smooth.
  9. Pass through a fine sieve to remove seeds etc.
  10. Bring back to the heat on the hob for 10 minutes.

Shopping List: £4.56 @ Lidl

Sweet Red Peppers 99p for 2, Piccolo tomatoes £1.65 for 250g, Organic vine tomatoes £1.69 for 500g, Banana shallots 79p (2 used at 7p each: 14p), Garlic 69p (for pack of 4, half a bulb used at 9p)