Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Fire-Roasted Tomato-Red Pepper Soup



When it comes to making delicious meals for my family, I go in waves. There are times when we have real, home-cooked meals every night of the week...and then there are times when I want nothing to do with menu planning, shopping, cooking, or even thinking about dinner! I'm sure I speak for many women when I say it's hard to be the one in charge of feeding a family.
Granted, my kids are pretty adventurous eaters (Greta wanted sushi for her 4th birthday...) but they are still kids! And they would take chicken nuggets over quinoa any day! Which is why it's so wonderful when I find a meal that's both nutritious and kid-friendly....especially when it's also delicious!


The inspiration for this soup came from being part of a Kindle Fire giveaway going on right now. I decided to do a week's worth of "Sweet Kindle Fire" - themed posts...and I couldn't let the week come and go without including a fire-roasted tomato recipe! I found a recipe that looked good on Food & Wine's website, and started by following the recipe exactly. Once I tasted it, though, I had a few ideas that would better suit my tastes, so the modified recipe is the one I'll share with you :)


Fire-Roasted Tomato-Red Pepper Soup 
with Grilled Cheese Croutons

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter  
1 medium onion, finely chopped  
1 medium carrot, finely chopped  
1 celery rib, finely chopped  
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour  
5 cups chicken stock  
2 14 1/2 oz. cans diced fire-roasted tomatoes, drained   
1 12 oz. jar roasted red  peppers  
3 Tbsp. tomato paste  
2 tsp. sugar  
1/2 c fat free half-and-half
Salt and white pepper 
4 grilled cheese sandwiches, cut into "croutons"  

1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add the chopped onion, carrot, celery and garlic, cover and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are just beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. 
2. Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and stir over low heat for 1 minute, or until the flour is fully incorporated. 
3. Add the chicken stock, tomatoes, red peppers, tomato paste and sugar and bring to a boil. Cover partially and cook the soup over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, 15 minutes.   
4. Transfer the soup to a blender and puree until smooth. 
5. Return the puree to the saucepan, add the half and half and cook until the soup is just heated through. (This is a good time to make the grilled cheese.)
6. Season the soup with salt and pepper, garnish with croutons, and serve.


Enjoy!!



(original recipe source: foodandwine.com)


Thanks for taking a peek inside my Lemon Tree Dwelling!
I hope you feel right at home :)
-Cathy

39 comments :

  1. Would you judge me if I ate an ENTIRE bowl of the croutons? Like . . . just the croutons? This looks delicious Cathy!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! They are actually really good for dipping in the soup...kind of this recipe but in reverse :)

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  2. Ditto on the croutons. They look yummy!

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    1. I'll make them for you for lunch sometime! (and the soup too) :)

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  3. Oh, this looks so delicious! I had to pin this one! Can't wait to try it. Thank you so much for sharing with us at A Bouquet of Talent! Hope you are having a great weekend. :)

    Hugs
    Kathy

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    1. Thanks, Kathy! Hope you like it. And you are amazing with your comments...!!

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  4. Oh wow - grilled cheese and tomato soup is one of my favorite meals. I love the addition of roasted red pepper in this soup.

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    1. Thanks, Jenn! When I made the original recipe the soup was too tomato-ey. The red peppers added the perfect amount of sweetness! Thanks for your comment!

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  5. Yummo. Now I am hungry. Thanks for sharing. Visiting you from Craft o Maniac Monday. www.thememoryenst.blogspot.com

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  6. Looks so great. Especially for cold winter days. Pinned it.

    Visiting from COM Monday as well.

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  7. Pinned! Looks delicious, thanks for sharing!

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  8. This sounds amazing, I am pinning this! The grilled cheese croutons sound amazing with it. I am your newest follower!

    Christi
    http://the-not-so-perfect-momblog.blogspot.com/

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  9. Mmmmmm yeah I have to agree with everyone, the croutons look awesome in the soup :)

    If you don't mind I wanted to invite you to come link up at Recipe Sharing Monday and share your favorite recipes. Have a super week. :)

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  10. I'm drooling right now.. oh my. Bookmarking this :)

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  11. Sounds like a great recipe and a healthy choice for the family!
    Hopped over from Adorned from Above!

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  12. Le drool!! I want, I NEED. We would love it if you would link up at our new linky party: Two Girls and a Party Hosted by:
    Dana @ This Silly Girl's Life
    Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off
    We hope to see you there!

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  13. Wow - this looks AMAZING! I'd love for you to share it at Tuesday's Table - http://zentmrs.blogspot.com/2013/01/tuesdays-table-superbowl-edition.html

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  14. This looks simply delicious! I love your addition of grilled cheese croutons. :) I'm your newest follow on FB and GFC.

    Visiting from Polka Dots on Parade

    ~Emily @ Texas Life Blog

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  15. Yummmmmmmmmm. OMG, salivating. The croutons! And I love the Trader Joe tomato fire roasted red pepper soup, now we can make it ourselves!

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  16. Look amazing! Where did you purchase your bowls?

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  17. I just pinned this and printed it and hope to make it this week. I love a Trader Joe's version of this soup but there's no Trader Joe's in my town. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Wow! This looks amazing... I hope you'll come share them at my Super Saturday Show & Tell today http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com

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  19. Just saw your link over at Sassy Little Lady's link party and had to come and check out this soup!

    I'd love for you to stop by my weekend link party and share a few recipes @The Weekend re-Treat

    Hope to see you there!

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  20. Oh, this looks soooooo good! I could go for some right now, to warm me up. Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  21. Mmmm....sounds so delish and perfect for this cold weather! I would love to have you come link up your favorite posts at 'Or so she says...'. The link party will be open until this Tuesday. (Sat-Tues, every week.) Hope to see you there!

    Mariel @ Or so she says...
    www.oneshetwoshe.com

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  22. Cathy, you will be one of the features today at Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House...that is if I could get the post finished. lol. Thanks for always bringing such great stuff to the party! See you later at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Wow - thanks Kathryn! I appreciate it!! (I've been anxiously awaiting your party... :)

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  23. I pinned this! Looks delicious!

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  24. This. looks. amazing. Pinning!

    Newest follower! Would love for you to follow back at toddlindsey.com :)

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  25. This looks amazing. I love red peppers & will have to give your recipe a try! Thanks for linking up & sharing @ DearCreatives.com Hope your having a great week. Theresa

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  26. This looks seriously delicious! And grilled cheese croutons sound fab. :-)

    I'm just stopping by to let you know I featured this today! You can check it out and grab a Featured button here: http://practicallyfunctional.net/2013/02/the-fun-in-functional-link-party-36/

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  27. My son would love this! Thanks for linking up at my Pin Me Linky Party.

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  28. I'm a little late- but catching up on my blog hopping. I am going to add my grilled cheese to my tomato soup. What a great idea! New reader :)

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