Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Roasted Red Pepper Soup & A Giveaway!

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Soup is a wonderful, magical thing. No matter what mood you find yourself in there is a soup to match. When you are feeling under the weather there is earthy vegetable or chicken/noodle varieties. When you might have overdone it with cake and chocolate there is light miso or broth.

This weekend I was completely bitten by the fitness/health bug and knew I had to consume as many vegetables as I possibly could so decided to make soup!

The timing of this could not of been more perfect as I had just received my shiny new hand blender. The lovely people at Littlewoods sent me this beast of a blender to road test and review.

I have been eyeing up hand blenders for a while now. Previously I had been using this old smoothie blender that I acquired when me and Paul moved in together. It was not particularly powerful and always smelled like burning when you used it in anything more than short bursts. I had a brief flirtation with one of those £5 supermarket hand blenders but it broke during a particularly thick butternut squash soup recipe. Not ideal.

This beauty came with a few different attachments; the regular blendy one, a whisk, and a mini food processor bit, which will be great for making pesto. At 700W it certainly is powerful and it made short work of the below soup recipe.

I also made a quick smoothie and a tarka dahl with it and it was flawless everytime. It was very easy to clean and easy to store as it comes apart into quite small pieces.
My only criticism would be with the mini processor part. It didn't seem very powerful, although I do have a Cuisanart mini chopper/processor which would be hard to beat. To get your very own Tefal 700-watt Hapto Hand Blender, enter using the rafflecopter widget below

I have to say I would never of thought of buying homeware or electricals from Littlewoods but I was impressed with their small collection of brands. *pst* they also have a sale on at the moment...

Anywoo, back to the delicious food...

I decided to make something light yet flavour packed. I popped to my local food market in search of vegetables on Friday and saw these amazingly huge red peppers. I decided to run with this and grabbed some red chillies, plump tomatoes and a handful of basil. I salivated all the way home.

I started by roasting all of the above with some garlic and a drizzle of olive oil.

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Rad Red Soup
a fresh and flavourful summer soup.
Ingredients
  • 1 XL or 2 regular. Red Pepper
  • 1 (whole) Red chilli
  • 4-6 cloves Garlic
  • 3 medium Tomatoes
  • 1.5 Pints Stock (veg or chicken)
  • A glug Worcester sauce
  • 2 good pinches Kashmiri chilli powder
Instructions
Roughly chop and roast all the vegetables in a drizzle of olive oil. Keep the garlic cloves in their skin. I slit the chilli down the middle and left it whole.Bring the stock to a boil and add the Worcester sauce and chilli powder. Boil for around 10 minutes until reduced by just under half.Take stock off the heat and squeeze the roasted garlic out of its skin into the stock.Add the rest of the roasted vegetables (I de-seeded the chilli before adding) Blend with the hand blender until smooth.I added a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.

I served my soup with a handful of peppery rocket and a sprinkling of Parmesan.

This soup is jam packed with flavour, with a beautiful warmth. It is not too heavy or thick so perfect for a light summery supper.

To win your very own Tefal hand blender worth £69 enter below:

UK participants only I am afraid.

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47 comments:

  1. You cannot beat Tomato and Mascarpone. Delicious!

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    1. I would never have though of Mascarpone in soup! Sounds lovely.

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    2. It is amazing. My soup making skills suck but a friend once made me some and it was divine. :)

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  2. creamy tomato, although trying to make my own & my leek & potato wasn't too bad :)

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  3. Pumpkin soup--classic but oh so yummy!

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  4. I love my mums vegetable soup it's amazing! So much so that I have it for lunch most weeks :) x

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  5. Tomato, chilli and basil - stir in some creme fraiche and you have a super tasty, low calorie soup. Yum!

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  6. That's a really hard choice - as you said, there's a soup to match every state of mind and mood :) Right now, it's a tie between pumpkin soup and my mom's smooth lentil soup...which I need to try myself at some point!

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  7. I was literally just thinking there is nothing for lunch, but I have all these ingredients! You're a bloomin lunch-saver. x

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  8. mmmm...looks fab, will defo have to give this ago :-) I dont tend to have much luck with soup, but I had a beautiful fish soup in tenerife last week which would be nice to try.

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  9. Wow that soup look amazing! Adding it to my list! I'd love to enter please!
    Sophie
    x

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  10. Forgot to add - my favourite kind of soup is spicy tomato. Total classic and always goes down well with some crusty bread.
    Sophie
    x

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  11. I like leek and potato soup. Omnomnom

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  12. I love butternut squash :)

    Hele

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  13. Carrot and Coriander (frances hopkins)

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  14. has to be hubbys home made mushroom

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  15. I love cream of tomato soup! :)

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  16. Anything with asparague in it is brilliant in my opinion, so I'm always a fan of asparagus soup.

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  17. Parsnip and ginger! Haven't made any for a while - thanks for inspiration!

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  18. My favourite kind of soup is minestrone, though I will have to try your recipe, it sounds lovely.

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  19. spicy sweet potato and butternut squash

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  20. Angela Yeremenko1 May 2013 at 21:41

    I love split pea soup.

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  21. Butternut squash & tomato - yum!

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  22. I like tomato and basil! x

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  23. Love soup, my 2 faves are homemade chicken noodle and a minted chicken/orzo broth.

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  24. My favorite soup is minestrone

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  25. Chicken with lovely crusty bread!

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  26. mushroom soup - creamy & delicious x

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  27. I love tomato! Its the best x

    Thank you for a lovely competition!

    http://introducingmummytothemax.blogspot.co.uk/

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  28. Love soups and make them all the time, but my all out favourite has to be a spicy squash soup.

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  29. Pumkpkin soup!

    nomfreebies at hotmail dot com

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  30. I seem to have a tomato soup addiction at the moment . it's my lunch most .days. lovely post Nelly

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  31. Lynsey Buchanan6 May 2013 at 00:46

    Carrot & Lentil - cheap, tasty and easy to make

    linz.1979@hotmail.co.uk

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  32. I love tomato and garlic soup

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  33. French Onion, complete with bread and melted cheese

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  34. homemade carrot and potatoe

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