Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins
This recipe is from a restaurant in the area called Zupas that I just learned about today. They shared two of their recipes with the public and this was one of them.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 cups diced onions
- 3⁄4 cup diced celery
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons diced garlic
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1 1⁄4 cups heavy cream
- 7 cups vegetable stock
- 1 (28 ounce) can roasted red peppers
- 2 teaspoons dry basil
- 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- Start by melting 2 tablespoons of butter in a medium sized soup pot.
- When melted add diced onion, celery, thyme, basil, cayenne pepper, salt and garlic. Sautee vegetables for about 10 minutes until the vegetables are tender, stirring frequently.
- Add the water, vegetable base, heavy cream, and roasted red peppers into the soup pot and bring to a simmer.
- Place the burr mixer in the soup and blend until the soup has a smooth texture. Add the bay leaf and simmer for an additional 20 minutes. pick out the bay leaf to finish.
This is a very good red pepper soup. I have made it before, but this was slightly different. I added more celery, just because I love it. It didn't say if I should drain the peppers or not, so I did. I added a dash of white pepper. Also, I used 3 bay leaves - not so much for the flavor - but we have the tradition that the girl who gets the bay leaf in her bowl is the prettiest girl at the table. So I have 3 girls and need to add three ;) Made and Reviewed for Tag It Red - Thanks! :)
I STRONGLY agree with Isaac's review that the recipe has too much Cayanne. After I saw his review I only put in 1 tablespoon instead of the two and I still thought I had quite a bit too much Cayanne. i'm even one who really likes spicy foods in general. It's not that it was inedible, it's just that it changed the flavor in a way that wasn't very good in my opinion. Other then needing to adjust the amount of Cayanne, I would say overall Overall it's a pretty good recipe. It's not exactly like café zupas, but it's somewhat similar and is still pretty good.
DO NOT put two tablespoons of cayenne pepper in this. Don't even. That's a typo for sure. You want maybe half a teaspoon, not much more than that. This recipe would get four or five stars if it weren't for that huge error.