Sweet red pepper and tomato soup

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Sweet red pepper and tomato soup

James Martin's simple red pepper and tomato soup has a lovely rich flavour from roasting the peppers, shallots and tomatoes. The soup can be served hot or cold.

Ingredients

For the sweet red pepper and tomato soup

For the ciabatta toast

  • 100g/3½oz jarred roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 75g/2½oz butter, at room temperature
  • 1 ciabatta loaf, cut into slices

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6.

  2. Place the peppers over an open gas flame until black all over. Place in a bowl, cover with cling film and leave to stand for 1–2 minutes.

  3. Remove the peppers from the bowl and peel off the black skin, rinse underneath a running tap to get the remainder of the skin off. Remove the seeds and set the pepper aside.

  4. Place the shallot halves (cut-side down) along with the plum tomatoes and garlic cloves onto a baking tray and drizzle with the olive oil. Bake at the top of the oven for 30 minutes, or until the shallots are cooked

  5. Melt the butter in a large pan over a medium heat and add the roasted shallots, peppers and garlic.

  6. Add the hot stock and cook for 5 minutes.

  7. Blend with a stick blender until smooth and place back in the pan to warm through.

  8. For the ciabatta toast, mix in the roasted peppers and chives into the butter. Form into a long log shape and roll in cling film.

  9. Heat a large griddle pan and drizzle a little olive oil over the cut ciabatta, and toast either side for 1–2 minutes or until bar marks appear.

  10. To serve, ladle the soup into serving bowls and serve the toasted ciabatta topped with the pepper and chive butter on the top.

Recipe Tips

You can also roast the peppers in a hot oven. Cut them in half and remove the seeds. Lay them, skin side up on an oiled baking tray and roast for 15 minutes at 220C/200C (fan)/Gas 7.

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