‘Not So Great’ Vegan Tomato Soup
Compared to the recent weather, it’s been quite chilly today. I have quite a bit of salad stuff in the fridge but really didn’t feel like cold food when I was already cold.
What could I make that’s hot, filling and quick to prepare?
Soup! Yes, a nice soup would be just right and I’m sure I can make something from bits and piece I’ve have in.
I tend to go for a more chunky veg soup – somewhere between a soup and stew really but quite fancied something tomato flavoured. Surely a vegan tomato soup recipe wouldn’t be that hard to find? Or at least I could find one I could easily adapt. So, I open up Pinterest and search for quick soup recipes. Scrolling down I spot a recipe for hot ‘n’ spicy roasted red pepper and tomato soup and figure it would be a good way to use up a jar of roasted cherry peppers I have. The recipe was also already vegan and would be ready in ten minutes. Vegan tomato soup in a flash, Perfect. I checked the ingredients and had them all in plus the method was as simple as can be – blitz everything in a blender, heat and serve. What could go wrong?
I rinsed the peppers as I thought they might taste too vinegary otherwise and subbed the cherry tomatoes for a tin of chopped tomatoes. Fetched the garlic, almonds, Marigold stock powder and opened the cupboard to get some oil. There I spotted a bottle of chilli infused olive oil which seemed a great partner for peppers and tomatoes and so I used that in place of plain olive oil. I blitzed the ingredients in my BlendTec and then poured some into a saucepan to heat. The soup had a beautiful rich red colour and smelt pretty good too, making me glad I have enough to freeze for another day.
I grabbed a spoon sat down and tasted the soup… Well, it tasted as nice as it looked and smelt but… Oh my gosh was it spicy! I don’t mind spicy food but this was a whole other level spicy. Sadly I only managed a few spoonfuls before my mouth was burning painfully.
I am hoping I can cool down the remaining soup so it will still be useable. Failing that I will use it as a chilli sauce for my eldest as he likes it hot.
And after all that heat, the salad sounded great after all!