Roasted red pepper lentil soup
|This soup is flavourful, has great texture and takes all of 30 minutes to make. You simply throw everything in a pot at once and cook until tender.|
My mom has a way with soup. She has some of the best recipes and she still makes enough to feed an army so half a batch often ends up in one of our homes. Whenever I make one of her recipes I refer to it as “Gemmy soup” which guarantees my kids will devour it.
I grew up eating soup. All through elementary school we went home for lunch and during the colder months (or rainy spring and fall days) lunch often consisted of soup and a sandwich. I remember eating Campbell’s tomato soup from a can alongside a grilled cheese sandwich, or cheese-and-bacon-things (my family’s name for bread topped with a slice of cheese and a couple of slices of bacon, broiled until crispy and bubbling.)
As I got older mom’s soup became more wholesome and hearty.
This particular recipe is a new addition to mom’s recipe archives. She came across it in a magazine published by a grocery store chain in Maine a few years ago and it has become a family favourite. This soup is flavourful, has great texture and takes all of 30 minutes to make. You simply throw everything in a pot at once and cook until tender.
Mom’s roasted red pepper soup
- 1 onion, diced
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- Pinch of crushed red pepper
- 1 can (28 oz) of crushed tomatoes or jar of strained tomatoes
- 2-4 cups vegetable broth or water
- 1 jar of roasted red peppers, rinsed and finely diced (about 1 ½ cups worth)
- 1 bay leaf
- 3/4 cup dried red lentils
- ½ Tbsp molasses
- 3 tsp dried oregano
- 1 cup frozen corn
- ½ tsp. salt (or to taste)
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Combine all ingredients in a large stock pot.
- Bring to the boil, reduce heat to low and cook until lentils are tender.
- Adjust seasoning as necessary.
Green kitchen tips:
- Choose bottled tomatoes when possible. Most food cans are lined with BPA plastic, which leaches hormone-disrupting chemicals into the food, especially acidic foods like tomatoes.
- Choose organic corn so you can be assured that it's non-GMO.