Autumn is here! It’s my favourite time of year, especially when we get a stretch of clear, cold weather like we’ve had for the last couple of weeks. The beach is irresistible right now, especially early in the morning, when the tide is low and the rocks are frosty.
After a recent morning trip to the beach with the dog, I came home inspired to create a warm bowl of comfort for lunch from what I found in the pantry and fridge.
This delicious vegan soup was the result. You won’t miss the cream.
(Click on the link below for a printable version of the recipe.)
Olive oil and white beans combine together to make this sweet pepper soup light and creamy. Makes a warming winter meal with a side salad and buttered slices of crusty bread.
- Red, Orange or Yellow Bell Peppers – 3 or 4 medium
- Olive Oil – ¼ Cup
- Onion, chopped – 1 small
- Celery, chopped – 1 large stalk
- Carrot, chopped – 1 small
- Garlic, grated or minced – 1 clove
- Bay Leaves – 2 whole (optional)
- Fresh Thyme, 1 sprig
- Cooked or Canned Small White Beans (Cannellini, Navy, etc) – 1 Cup
- Vegetable Stock – 2 to 3 Cups
Move rack to upper position and set oven to Broil.
Arrange whole peppers on a baking sheet and blacken skins under broiler. Turn to blacken all sides. Cool in a closed paper bag. Collect all pepper juices in a measuring cup.
When cool enough to handle, peel and de-seed peppers. Reserve flesh. Collect any additional liquid.
Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. When shimmering, add onion, celery and carrot. Sweat, stirring constantly, until transparent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic, bay and thyme and stir gently until aromatic, about 1 minute.
Add beans, reserved pepper flesh and enough vegetable stock and pepper juice to make 3 cups. Stir, increase heat to medium high and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to medium low, stir and simmer 20 to 30 minutes.
Remove from heat; discard bay leaves and thyme sprig. Puree with an immersion blender, or counter-top blender until very smooth.
Reheat over medium, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- You can also blacken the peppers by holding them with tongs over an open flame on your gas stovetop, but it’s easier and faster to do them all at once in the oven.
- The colour of your soup will depend on the colour of the peppers you start with. I used 3 orange and 1 red.
- Don’t skimp on the olive oil. ¼ cup sounds like a lot, but it adds a real creaminess when pureed together with the beans.
- Sweat is a culinary term that means to cook to translucency without adding colour.
- I garnished our soup with Basil Oil, but regular olive oil (or maybe chili oil?) is also delicious.