A simple and very delicious soup, ideal after a hard day's work. In 40 minutes, using just a few ingredients, you can easily whip-up this heartwarming soup, which will delight the whole family.
1.5 pints water
1 vegetable stock cube
2 small carrots, chopped
1 sticks celery, chopped
1 large red onion, chopped
3 large garlic cloves
6 red peppers
Small carton of tomato passata
Handful of fresh basil and rosemary leaves
Salt and pepper
½ tablespoon of sweet smoked paprika
Pinch of chili flakes
1.Remove the seeds from the peppers and cut into quarters. Place them on a baking tray and lightly brush with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and place them into the oven for 6-8mins at 180C, until the skins just start to look charred.
2.Place the water and stock cube in a saucepan. Add the chopped carrots, celery, onion and garlic. Bring to the boil and cook for 5 mins. Turn down the heat to a gentle simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until the chopped vegetables become tender.
3.Remove the peppers from the oven and when cool enough to handle, put them into a sealed plastic bag and let them cool. Once they have cooled, remove from the bag and peel off the charred skin. Chop the flesh into small pieces and add to the saucepan along with the passata. Add the chili flakes and the smoked paprika powder.
4.Simmer for a further 10 minutes. Add the Pepperonetta cream and simmer for one additional minute. Remove from the heat and add the fresh basil and rosemary. Whizz everything together with a hand-held blender, taste and check for seasoning.
5.Serve with a toasted ciabatta and a drizzle of olive oil or splash of crème fraiche or yoghurt.