Cabbage and Roasted Pepper Soup

"My first recipe was a simple cabbage soup made with canned tomato soup. That's right: soup was a main ingredient in my first soup. This one is an attempt to capture the essence of that soup, but with better ingredients.The roasted red pepper adds an element not normally found in cabbage soup. The red cabbage darkens the soup and lends a striking purple color. Warning: the chipotle makes this a spicy soup, so remove the seeds if you want it less spicy. Don't omit the pepper, since the smokiness plays well with the other ingredients."
photo by Late Night Gourmet photo by Late Night Gourmet
photo by Late Night Gourmet
Ready In:
1hr 50mins




  • Heat vegetable stock and diced tomatoes on medium heat.
  • While the stock and tomatoes cook, start your barbecue grill and keep on medium-high heat. Coat bell pepper, roma tomato, and onion slices with olive oil and place on the grill. Turn vegetables over once to get grill marks. Some blackening is expected and even desirable.
  • Chop vegetables from the grill and chipotle pepper in small pieces and add to the pot. Add diced garlic to the pot. Using an immersion blender, puree all the ingredients (or use a food processor in batches and return to the pot).
  • Stir in diced dill, coriander, salt, and pepper. Add chopped cabbage. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Lower heat to a simmer and cover, cooking for another 30 minutes or until the cabbage is soft.

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I have two teenagers who keep things very busy around our house during the daytime. I also work long hours at Ford Motor Company, and I do want to spend time with my family every day. If I try to cook when my kids have their friends over, I'm certain to be interrupted. In other words, my available times for cooking are very limited. I don't want to give up on anything I love - my family, my job, my cooking - so I do most of my cooking after everyone has gone to bed. My wife is a teacher, so this can be very late at night during the summer. Sometimes, I don't get started with my prep work until 12:30 a.m. Am I crazy?? Maybe. I'm also constantly working on healthier ways to prepare food. I deconstruct every recipe I like, and try to make it with healthier ingredients. The big challenge is keeping the food tasty. I believe it's possible to enjoy what you eat and still be healthy. I lost 15 pounds in 6 months largely by preparing my own food (and exercising). If I didn't keep such loony hours, I'd call myself "The Healthy Gourmet".
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