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Cold Roasted Red Pepper Soup

by in Jul 2009
Cold Roasted Red Pepper Soup
2 votes, 4.50 avg. rating (86% score)
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Yield: 8 servings

This recipe for Cold Roasted Red Pepper Soup is adapted from chef Erhard Wendt of the Williamsville Inn in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and it's a big hit at Rubi's Café in Great Barrington. Owner Matthew Rubiner chose this as a refreshing and filling starter for his summer picnic at Tanglewood. We like it chilled or heated up with some crusty bread.

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Cold Roasted Red Pepper Soup
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  • 4 red bell peppers
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 large tomatoes, peeled and seeded
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 chili pepper, diced
  • 1-1/2 quarts tomato juice
  • Kosher or sea salt
  • 2 (approximately) drops pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 basil leaves


Heat oven to 400°. Wash and dry bell peppers thoroughly. Place on a rimmed sheet pan and drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil. Roast 25 to 30 minutes, or until well blistered and browned in spots. Cool; then peel skins and remove seeds, reserving the liquid.

In a large saucepan over medium-high setting, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil and sauté onion, garlic, and tomatoes until most of the liquid is absorbed. Add tomato paste and diced chili pepper; cook 5 minutes. Add roasted bell peppers and any reserved liquid. Cook, while stirring, about 5 minutes.

Add tomato juice and raise heat to a boil. Boil gently, stirring often, about 15 minutes.

Puree in batches and let cool to room temperature; then refrigerate to chill. Season to taste with salt and pepper sauce. Whisk in olive oil.

Portion soup into 8 cups and garnish each with a basil leaf.
Updated Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

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4 Responses to Cold Roasted Red Pepper Soup

  1. Ray Narwid August 6, 2009 at 11:01 pm #

    I made the soup for the first time. Coming from the Garden State of NJ, I used the the best TOMATOES. I also put some basil in the blender with the peppers and NJ tomatoes. It is a good soup for a hot day.

  2. Doris August 2, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    Why won’t the whole recipe for Cold Roasted Red Pepper Soup print???

    • Aimee Seavey August 5, 2013 at 8:18 am #

      Hi Doris and jlr. Our apologies that the whole recipe wasn’t displaying properly! We recently upgraded our website and had some glitches carrying over recipes with special characters in them — like the accent mark in saute. We have corrected the problem and you can now view and print the entire recipe for Cold Roasted Pepper Soup. Thanks for your comments!

  3. jlr August 3, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    recipe is incomplete?? others read complete??

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