1 Suzie the Foodie: Nadia G's Bitchin Kitchen Creamy Cream-Less Tomato-Pepper Soup

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Nadia G's Bitchin Kitchen Creamy Cream-Less Tomato-Pepper Soup

Nadia G's Bitchin Kitchen Creamy Cream-Less Tomato-Pepper Soup

Before the migraine marathon and the wheezing and hacking began, I was living on this soup from Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen: Cookin' for Trouble cookbook. I think it was keeping me alive and healthy but all soups do eventually come to an end... Here is how I made it.

Nadia G's Bitchin Kitchen Creamy Cream-Less Tomato-Pepper Soup

The page the recipe comes from has a basic creamy (but cream-less) soup base for you to work with. From there you could choose to make the carrot-ginger, spinach or tomato-pepper version. I chose the latter.

You were supposed to cut two leeks into 1/4" rounds and there was no mention of washing them. I sliced mine in half so I could rinse out any grit and dirt. Then I sliced them into crescents instead.

Nadia G's Bitchin Kitchen Creamy Cream-Less Tomato-Pepper Soup

I heated some olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat. I sauteed the leeks for 5 minutes and deglazed with 5 cups low-sodium chicken stock. I brought the stock to a simmer.

Nadia G's Bitchin Kitchen Creamy Cream-Less Tomato-Pepper Soup

Then I added 2 large potatoes, diced.

Nadia G's Bitchin Kitchen Creamy Cream-Less Tomato-Pepper Soup

Then I added 2 cups of cherry tomatoes, halved, and 2 red bell peppers, chopped.

Nadia G's Bitchin Kitchen Creamy Cream-Less Tomato-Pepper Soup

I simmered the soup for 15 minutes until everything was fork-tender. I did not realize I was suppose to add 1 tbsp of maple syrup to the soup. The layout was clever but at times confusing. I missed the maple syrup completely.

Nadia G's Bitchin Kitchen Creamy Cream-Less Tomato-Pepper Soup

There is no way a hand blender, as directed in the cookbook, would break down this soup. Even with using my blender in overdrive I still had chunks of red pepper floating around in it. Make sure to season with salt and pepper to taste.

Nadia G's Bitchin Kitchen Creamy Cream-Less Tomato-Pepper Soup

The soup was bright, healthy and made a ton. I lived on it for days. But, I found the red pepper quite harsh.

Nadia G's Bitchin Kitchen Creamy Cream-Less Tomato-Pepper Soup

When I started adding mascarpone cheese to the soup (OK, now it is officially creamy I know) Reg did not even recognize the soup. He said the other was one was OK but this was a knock out. I totally agree. Perhaps the maple syrup would have smoothed out the soup but I know for sure the mascarpone did.

If you are on a special diet, you will probably be satisfied with the original soup. Me? I needed the creaminess to soften the edginess that the red pepper gave the soup. That said, as soon as I ran out of the soup my road to pneumonia began...

Without the mascarpone I give this recipe three out of five wooden spoons. With the mascarpone, I give it four out of five. I like the idea of the layout of this recipe but did find it quite unclear while I was cooking so I missed an ingredient. That said, it really is not a difficult recipe and would be great for beginner cooks out there. I just needed more. The original recipe was just too simple for me.

4 comments:

Her Speak said...

I love all the vibrant colors in this post! It looks divine--I'd have to vote for marscarpone too. :}

AvaDJ said...

The addition of the the mascarpone is a clever one, would definitely make a huge difference. I bet roasted red peppers would be awesome in lieu of raw peppers too, you would still get that gorgeous colour of the soup but it would sweeten it a bit.

hollyshelpings said...

This looks super yummy! Even though it has mascarpone in it, it's probably way better for you than making a cream based soup. I'm going to have to give this a try.

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