Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Hey all! It has been quite a week. Actually two weeks. After a decade of working from home as a self-employed SEO/SEM professional, I re-entered the corporate world in a new realm: higher education. Doing good work for my clients has always been and continues to be very gratifying but being part of an organization that impacts people’s lives in a profound way is gratification to the nth degree.

My first two weeks have been a whirlwind of people and information.  A combination of equal parts stress and exhilaration.  Call me an enigma, a paradox, an odd ball, but I find that I have become more organized than I have ever been.  I’m finding ways to minimize task time to optimize family time and I’m also embracing my foodie in a new way.  I’ll be sharing that with you and passing the relish beginning with this recipe for vegan roasted red pepper soup.
roasted red peppers for soup

Next to opening a can or pouring soup from a carton, vegan roasted red pepper soup is by and large the quickest and easiest soup there is to prepare. As for taste, it’s over the moon deeeelicious. As for health benefits, red peppers are loaded in antioxidants, beta-carotene, vitamins A, C, K, and  B6, and plenty of phytochemicals. All of that in a pepper!

Tip #1: Roast red peppers in bulk to do the work once and to have roasted peppers at the ready for many tasty uses. I try to grill a bushel every fall but you can easily roast peppers in the oven.

To oven roast, place whole (washed) peppers on a baking sheet and broil until the skins are wrinkly and charred (turn the peppers to ensure even roasting); remove the pan from the oven and cover with aluminum foil or place in a paper bag and seal until the peppers are cool. Peel the skins, remove the core and seeds, and place roasted pepper strips in air tight freezer bags.

Whether you grill or oven roast, the process of roasting red peppers is worth the time. You’ll enjoy the fruits of your labor for months to come both figuratively and literally (yep, peppers are a fruit). Moreover, you’ll have plain ol’ roasted red peppers and not oil-packed peppers as those sold commercially.

roasted red pepper soup

For a speedy supper, thaw 6 peppers and cook with finely chopped onion or shallot, a generous dash of thyme and broth. Use a good quality vegetable broth to keep the soup vegan (my favorite is Trader Joe’s), but know that this soup is just as tasty when prepared with low sodium chicken broth. Blend until smooth and whisk in 1/4 cup soy or reduced fat milk.

Richly colored, deeply flavored and incredibly satisfying, vegan roasted red pepper soup is ready in under 30 minutes. Now that’s my kind of healthy weeknight dinner!  Enjoy!

Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Soup
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Serves: 6
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped onion or shallot
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 6 roasted red bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 cups vegetable broth (can substitute reduced sodium chicken broth)
  • ¼ cup soy milk (can substitute low fat milk)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat tablespoon of oil in a heavy saucepan and cook onion/shallot until soft.
  2. Add chopped roasted red bell peppers and 1½ cups of broth and cook until peppers are very soft - about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Using a standard blender, puree in batches or use a hand blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Add remaining ½ cup of broth and milk; season to taste.


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