From a cookbook simply titled Mediterranean. From a place where the tomatoes taste like sunshine, it's a little harder to make this soup in North America, where the tomatoes sometimes taste like water... I suggest using Roma tomatoes, but whatever you choose, make sure they smell like tomatoes! Otherwise this will taste like cold pasta sauce. Cook time includes time to cool and chill.
- Cut each pepper half into quarters. Place skin side up on a grill rack and cook until skins have charred. Transfer to a bowl and cover with a plate. (I put them on the barbeque to keep the heat out of the house.).
- Heat the oil in a large pan. Add onion and garlic and cook until soft. Meanwhile, remove the skin from the peppers and roughly chop them. Cut the tomatoes into chunks.
- Add the peppers and tomatoes to pan, then cover and cook gently for 10 minutes. Add wine and cook a further 5 minutes, then add stock and salt and pepper to taste and continue simmering 20 minutes.
- Process the soup in a blender until smooth. (I let it cool a bit first. Easier to handle, and less like to explode!) Pour into a clean glass or ceramic bowl and leave to cool completely before chilling for at least 3 hours. When soup is cold, season to taste. Serve in bowls topped with croutons, if you wish, and garnished with snipped chives.