Roasted tomato and capsicum soup with pesto

Roasted tomato and capsicum soup with pesto

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From
Zest
Serves
6-8
Prep
20 mins
Cooking time
70 mins
Photographer
Ian Hofstetter

For a lovely vibrant pesto, make it just before serving to prevent discoloration. This soup can also be made using just tomatoes or just capsicum.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
8 large ripe tomatoes, halved
12 garlic cloves, skin on
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 large red capsicums, seeded and quartered
4 cups low-salt vegetable stock or water
crusty sourdough bread, to serve

Pesto

Quantity Ingredient
2/3 cup basil leaves
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
2 tablespoons parmesan, grated

Method

  1. Preheat oven to moderate, 180ºC.
  2. Place the tomato halves and garlic cloves on a large baking tray and drizzle with olive oil. Place the capsicums on another baking tray, skin-side up.
  3. Roast both trays of vegetables for 50–60 minutes until the tomatoes collapse and the capsicum blisters and blackens. Cover the capsicum with plastic wrap and leave it to steam for 5 minutes. Carefully peel away the skin and any membranes.
  4. When the garlic is cool enough to handle, squeeze out the flesh and discard the skins.
  5. Place the capsicums, tomatoes, garlic and half the stock into a food processor or blender. Process until smooth.
  6. Transfer the mixture to a large saucepan and stir in the remaining stock. Heat on medium, stirring occasionally, for 3–4 minutes, until the soup is hot. If it is very thick, you can thin it with a little more water.
  7. To make the pesto, place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and process. Add a little stock if you like a smoother-textured pesto.
  8. Serve the soup with a big dollop of pesto and some good crusty bread.
Tags:
healthy
diet
low
fat. low-fat. low
calorie
low-calorie
skinny
nutritional
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