Smoked tomato and red pepper soup

Discussion in 'Veggies' started by db28472, Apr 5, 2016.

  1. db28472

    db28472 Fire Starter

    Been wanting to make this for a while. Looked at about 10 recipes to come up with this.
    Ingredients:
    2 large red peppers
    8-10 medium tomatoes (3-3 1/2 lbs)
    2 carrots
    2 celery stalks
    Large yellow onion (can use Vidalia and skip 1/8 tsp sugar)
    2cloves garlic
    1Tbs tomato paste
    1Tbs fresh basil thinly sliced
    2 pints vegetable broth
    1 cup water
    1 tsp smoked paprika
    1 tsp regular paprika
    1/8 tsp sugar
    Pinch cayenne pepper
    1 1/2 tsp dried thyme (I used Zatar, a roasted middle eastern thyme)
    1bay leaf
    1Tbs Arborio rice
    Salt/pepper to taste
    2Tbs butter
    Olive oil

    Smoking:
    1. In small foil container, brush whole red peppers with olive oil
    2. Cut each tomato into fourths, remove core, drizzle with olive oil
    3. Put tomatoes, whole carrots, whole celery stalk in large foil pan
    4. 4 oz. mesquite, smoke @250 for 2.5 hours

    Soup:
    1. Remove the skin and seeds from tomatoes, red peppers. Dice all vegetables keeping the juices as much as possible.
    2. In stock pot, melt butter. Cook diced opinion and thinly diced garlic to lucency. Add tomato paste.
    3. Add smoked vegetables and vegetable broth. Stir in dry spices. Add rice and water.
    4. Simmer 30 minutes, remove bay leaf.
    5. Using immersion blender, purée. (May strain and then purée solids, putting them
    back in)
    6. Serve hot or cold, garnish with Basil leaf

     
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    It certainly looks delicious!

    How did it taste?

    Would you change anything in the recipe?

    Al
     
  3. db28472

    db28472 Fire Starter

    Thanks for looking!  I really enjoyed this.  It is a bit thick, so I changed the recipe to add a bit more water (when I made it I only added 1/2 cup).  I think chicken broth would be good too, but I thought I would stick with the vegetable theme.  It could use more heat too, but that is subject to taste.  I added some Frank's hot sauce to my serving.  The smoke was not too heavy, even for mesquite. More aromatic than actual smoke taste, if that makes sense.  I didn't think the veges would take on too much smoke, which is why I used mesquite. The combo of the tomato and red pepper really worked.  Think V-8 rather than just tomato juice.  I could see this being a nice gazpacho type soup too, especially with a bit less water.  Maybe a dollop of sour cream or yogurt on top.  
     

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