Every family has those meals when it’s become not only a tradition but a ‘go-to’ when it comes to the good old British weather, when it’s cold and damp this is definitely one to warm you up. If we’re suffering from a cold and don’t feel like eating much, this is what every sniffly nose in the house could do with a bowl and even if we are holding a dinner party we break this recipe out. I use the term dinner party very loosely here as what I mean, is when teddies ‘Jezzabella’ and ‘Paisley’ (I know, an odd name for a bear) come to eat dinner with us. If needs be I will actually set extra places out for them on the table and even put a bit of soup in their bowls but ultimately this is great as a starter as you don’t need too much of it to warm you up, or it works well as a nice lunch with a bit of bread for dipping. Whenever you want to eat it, I’m sure your Jezzabellas and Paisleys will enjoy it.
- 500g roasted red peppers, drained
- 500g halved cherry tomatoes
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 vegetable stock cube
- 2 tsp of paprika
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
- 2 tbsp of ground almonds
Add peppers to a blender with the tomatoes, garlic, vegetable stock cube. Add the olive oil and paprika. Then get a jug of water, you should only need around 100ml and add the water into the mixture, keeping a little behind just incase you need to thin the soup more. Add the ground almonds then place the lid on the blender and mix.
-Top tip – make sure you actually find the lid to the blender before hand, please don’t make the mistake I did and think you can do it without the lid, your kitchen will look like a crime scene and it takes a good few washes of the teddy bears to get the smell of garlic out of them. Absolute nightmare.
When you’re happy with the consistency of the soup in the blender, transfer over to a pan on the hob and heat gently until it is piping hot and season to your own tastes with salt and pepper. At this stage sometimes if I’m feeling a little groggier then I add a dash more paprika and pepper just so it’s a little warmer and helps us sweat out those nasty germs. As I said before you can serve it with plain bread or have it toasted for a hearty lunch.
It’s as easy as that. Soup is one of those dishes that people think (me included) takes too much effort to make, but it really is as simple as just blitzing your ingredients and heating it up in a pan. It can be as much effort as you want and there’s nothing more satisfying that sniffly children being quiet for a good 10 minutes whilst they eat it up.