Roasted Eggplant and Bell Pepper Soup

"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.""
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Ready In:
1hr 45mins
2 quarts




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

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  1. MechanicalJen
    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!
  2. najwa
    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!


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