Souped-Up Tomato Soup

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1 Hour 10 Minutes Total
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4 Servings

In this peperonata-inspired tomato soup, the classic version gets a kick in the pants from fire-roasted tomatoes, peppers, and caramelized onions. The cozy results pair perfectly with a dollop of crème fraîche, a sprinkle of fresh herbs, or a melty, toasty grilled cheese. Photography by Rocky Lutten.

Ingredient List
  • 1/3 cup olive oil Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 2 red bell peppers, stems and seeds removed, sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch wide strips Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 1 small yellow onion, peeled and quartered Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and quartered Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 2 tablespoons Muir Glen Tomato Paste Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans Muir Glen Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar, plus more to taste Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh black pepper, plus more to taste Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 1 small pinch sugar, as needed Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 1 handful fresh basil Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 4 dollops crème fraîche Small check mark in a circle icon
Preparation
  1. In a heavy-bottomed soup pot, heat the olive oil, then add the red peppers, onion, and garlic. Cover and let cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally to break up the onion, until the peppers are soft and the onion is deeply caramelized—about 35 minutes.
  2. Uncover and add the tomato paste, diced tomatoes, and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in the vinegar, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth with an immersion blender, or by transferring in batches to a blender and then returning to the pot. Adjust seasoning to taste with salt, vinegar, and sugar.
  4. To serve, ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with more fresh black pepper. Garnish with fresh basil, and if using, one dollop of crème fraîche per bowl.