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Red pepper soup with olives, lemon rind & yoghurt

 

The aroma of smoke in the roasted red peppers give this soup an exquisite taste

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Ingredients:

  • 4 red peppers (capsicums), cut in half lengthways and seeds removed
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, lightly crushed with the flat of α knife
  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • 4 ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped, or
  • 400 gr (14 oz) tinned tomatoes, chopped
  • 300 gr (101/2 oz) plain Greek yogurt
  • 40 g (1/3 cup) pitted black olives, roughly chopped
  • finely grated rind of 1 lemon
  • leaves from 2 rosemary sprigs, finely chopped

Procedure:

Preheat the grill (broiler) to high.

Line a large oven tray with foil and arrange the peppers, skin side up, in a single layer.

Grill for about 30 minutes until the skin has darkened in places and swelled up and the peppers are soft.

Υου might need to move them around οn the tray so they are evenly grilled or' remove the halves that are blackened and !eave some ίin for longer.

 Transfer the peppers to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap (or put in a plastic bag and seal) and leave to sweat for 10 minutes to make peeling easier.

Peel off the skin.

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and sauté the garlic and onion for about 5 minutes.

Add the tomato and cook until it begins to bubble.

Add the pepper halves, tearing them into large chunks as you put them in the pan.

Season with salt and pepper.

Add 750 ml (3 cups) water and bring to the boil, then lower the heat, cover the pan and simmer gently for about 30 minutes.

Remove from the heat and purée.

The soup should be fairly thick: if it seems too watery, simmer uncovered for a while for a longer.

If it seems toο thick, add a little more water.

Check the seasoning and serve the soup hot with a dollop of yogurt and a sprinkling of chopped olives, lemon rind and rosemary. 

Tips

You can add any flavors you like to the base of this soup. Here, Ι use fresh rosemary and serve the soup with yogurt, black olive and lemon flavor. You might like to use another herb like fresh basil with a swirl of cream, or try adding a good kick of chili oil to serve. You could even add a of truffle oil and a couple of grilled prawns (broiled shrimp). Serve with or without the yogurt.
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