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Roasted Red Pepper Soup
January 9, 2011, 11:59 pm
Filed under: Company, favorites, Health, side dish, Soup

This recipe comes from a Top Chef contestant. I fell in love with it several years ago. Delicious with grilled cheese sandwiches!

3 red bell peppers
1/4 cup olive oil
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1 large red onion, finely chopped
1 (40 ounce) can tomatoes with juice
1/2 cup basil leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 cups heavy cream

Roast bell peppers over a gas flame, tending carefully and turning to blacken all sides. When completely roasted, place in heatproof bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 10 minutes. Remove from bowl and remove skin, seeds and stems. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add carrots, celery and red onion. Cook over medium high heat until vegetables are beginning to soften. Add roasted peppers, tomatoes, basil and balsamic vinegar. Stir well to combine. Cook until tomatoes are beginning to break down.4Remove from heat and transfer to a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Process until mixture has reached a smooth consistency.Add heavy cream and mix until well combined.
Serve warm.