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Roasted Red Peppers Soup

If you like cream of tomato soup, try making it with purchased roasted red peppers. Using jarred roasted red peppers makes it extra easy and pureeing the soup in a blender gives it a nice smooth texture.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 jars (15-1/2 ounces each) roasted sweet red peppers, drained
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream


  • In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter for 2-3 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the red peppers, broth, basil and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Cool slightly.
  • In a blender, cover and process soup in batches until smooth. Remove 1 cup to a small bowl; stir in cream. Return remaining puree to pan. Stir in the cream mixture; heat through (do not boil).
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 135 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 753mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • lshaw
    Feb 3, 2021

    Everyone at the table loved this wonderful soup! I'm so glad to have found a good recipe for roasted red pepper soup as I have not had much luck previously with other soup recipes using this vegetable. I made a few changes which were not biggies: 1. I added about 1 cup of chopped celery to sauté with the onion, since celery is such a good pairing with onion, 2. I roasted my own red peppers (4) and de-skinned them, and 3. I used a comparable amount of chicken broth in lieu of vegetable broth. Husband told me this soup could have been served at a restaurant! This will be my go-to for this type of soup from now on!

  • Holly
    Nov 27, 2016

    Easy good soup. I roast my own red peppers and do a little more than the recipe calls for. I also use at least twice as much garlic. Tonight I added a pinch of chili powder so we'll see how that variation goes.

  • Georgia Peach
    Oct 31, 2014

    Fantastic soup. I use my immersion blender to puree and just 2% milk instead of cream. Garnishing with sour cream and pumpkin seeds makes it look like a soup from Panera Bread's menu!

  • bloominglilacs2
    Feb 15, 2014

    I follow the recipe exactly until the end. I add a 4 oz. can of mushroom pieces and stems for an added texture. My family loves this soup. Even the picky eater!

  • homzkooln
    Nov 9, 2013

    Made it this morning for tonight. Delicious! I used sea salt, onionpowder as well as the onions. Added celery salt. I also blended the soup very well except the last 2 cups I left it slightly chunky to add some texture. I also added some gouda cheese, and a cup of sour cream.I am not sure where the cumin flavor came from in a previous comment , this was yummy! Although I did modify it for my family.

  • savetheday
    Nov 3, 2013

    I just made this and I hate to say it but I was rather disappointed. I made it exactly as the recipe is written. It had a really strong cumin flavor. I love all the ingredients so I thought it would be better than it was. After I used my immersion blender on 1/2 of it, the texture was great. I'm going to make it again and cut down on the cumin and maybe add some garlic and thyme. I didn't add any salt while I cooked it per the comments from other reviewers. Just added a sprinkle at the end.

  • pajamaangel
    Oct 8, 2013

    The only thing I would do differently with this soup is puree only half of the peppers. It needed some difference in texture to make it outstanding. The flavor was wonderful. I will definitely make this again,

  • Sheilarenee72
    Jul 14, 2013

    Just made this soup as directions say. It's missing something. Only made because of reviews saying it was good. But. Now I have a pot of soup that will not get ate. Did not like it.

  • I-sew
    Nov 20, 2012

    I used my own roasted peppers, not canned. It was elegant.

  • daisey5
    Nov 10, 2010

    I also added in some fresh tomatoed,garlic powder and onion powder. I also used the fat free 1/2 & 1/2 and organic roasted red peppers. This soup was wonderful.