Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Make soup special. Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Yield: 8 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick (1/4 lb.) unsalted butter
  • 6 onions, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 (14 oz.) cans Italian plum tomatoes with their juice
  • 4 (13.75 oz.) cans chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 (15 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 4 (7 oz.) jars roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Pernod or other anise-flavored liqueur, optional
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

Preparation:

In a Dutch oven or other large, heavy pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until softened, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add plum tomatoes and their juice, chicken broth, and crushed tomatoes; bring to a boil; then simmer for 5 minutes. Add red peppers, Pernod (if using), thyme, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil; then simmer for 5 minutes longer. In a bowl, stir together sour cream and lemon peel. Cover and refrigerate. Strain soup into a large bowl. Puree strained solids in batches in a blender or food processor, adding soup liquid to blend. Strain again over the same bowl and discard solids. Wipeout Dutch oven, add soup and bring to a simmer. Strain soup into a serving bowl, dollop sour cream on top and garnish with thyme.

Nutritional Information: Calories:313, Fat:20g (sat 11g), Protein:6g, Carbohydrate:25g, Fiber:5g, Cholesterol:51mg, Sodium:1mg

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