Roasted Eggplant and Bell Pepper Soup

Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

Adapted from: "Vegetable Soups from Deborah Madison's Kitchen". "This soup can be served hot, tepid, or chilled-- its flavors perhaps optimal at room temperature. It won't win any beauty contests--eggplant makes everything a bit dull looking--but leaving some texture in the soup helps, along with the swirl of yogurt and a perfect sprig or two of cilantro. In any case, the flavors will win kudos, and that's what counts."

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Toss eggplant, peppers, onion, tomatoes, garlic, herbs, oil and salt together.
  3. Place in a large baking dish. Roast until browned and fragrant, about 1 hour, turning 2-3 times while they're roasting.
  4. Transfer roasted vegetables to a soup pot.
  5. Add 1 cup water to the dish they baked in, scrape up the caramelized juices, and add to pot along with cumin and ginger.
  6. Pour in another 6 cups water, the cilantro, and 1/2 tsp salt.
  7. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer, covered, until the vegetables are fully tender, 20 minutes or so.
  8. Let cool slightly, then puree, leaving a little texture. I would use an immersion blender here.
  9. Stir in the lime juice and pour into serving bowl.
  10. Swirl in the yogurt.
  11. Serve garnished with sprigs of cilantro.
Most Helpful

This smelled fantastic while roasting - however something got lost in the translation to soup form. It didn't seem to have a lot of flavor - I added crushed red pepper, black pepper and parmesan. This seemed to improve it but it still needs tweaking. Glad I tried. Thanks!

MechanicalJen November 02, 2008

Excellent! I used half chicken stock and half water, and peeled the eggplant, but otherwise stuck to the recipe. In my opinion, it is a very pretty eggplant soup. It is light colored and appetizing, unlike some lentil soups I've seen. I wish I took a picture but I didn't. This is great for a dinner party as well! Thanks for a great recipe, this one will be repeated many times!

najwa October 18, 2007