Roasting bell pepper is quite easy to do. You will end up with some sweet, intense flavor that will make all the difference in this soup. This soup is very nutritious and low in fat. Use low sodium vegetable stock to keep it vegetarian.
3 large red bell peppers
1 large white onion – chopped
2 large garlic cloves – chopped
1 medium carrot – peeled and quartered
½ a small fennel bulb – quartered
6 cups low sodium chicken or low sodium vegetable stock
6 fresh basil leaves
2 TBS Extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Black Pepper
First thing to do here is roast the bell pepper. Wash and dry the bell pepper. If you have a gas stove, grab the pepper with some tongs and place it directly on an open flame. Turn the tongs frequently until the pepper is charred on all sides. Place it in a bowl and cover it tightly with some plastic wrap. The peppers will sweat as they cool down. Let them cool for about 15 minutes. Remove the stems and seeds and peel them. Cut the peppers into strips and drizzle with olive oil. Do not discard the rendered juice.
If you do not have a gas stove, turn on the broiler in your oven. Place the peppers on a baking sheet and lightly brush them with some olive oil. Place the pan directly under the broiler. Be very vigilant and turn them as they char. Be careful not to burn them. Remove them from the oven and place them in bowl. Follow the same instructions as above.
Heat a large pot with some olive oil. Add the onion, garlic, carrot and fennel bulb. Cook until vegetables are softened and slightly browned – about 15 minutes. Add the stock and roasted peppers – with their rendered juice – and bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes.
Cool down the soup and blend in batches with the fresh basil leaves. If you have an immersion handheld blender – use it. Make sure all the vegetables are blended well so you have a smooth puree.
Return the blended soup to the pot. Add salt and pepper. Heat through and serve. Drizzle some olive oil in each dish. Serve with some crusty bread. Enjoy!
CALORIES 182.92; FAT 8.03 grs (sat 1.7; mono 4.94; poly 0.83); PROTEIN 8.51 grs; FIBER 4.99 grs; CARBS 20.50 grs; CHOLESTEROL 7.5 mg; IRON 1.19 mg; SODIUM 848.99 mg; CALCIUM 59.02 mg