Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Roasted Eggplant, Red Bell Pepper, and Garlic Soup

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My friend loaned me a cookbook...full of soup recipes.  Not sure if she's going to get this one back any time soon!  
I've found so many wonderful recipes and I've been having a great time trying out new soups.  This one is one of my new faves.  Roasting the veggies creates a wonderful smokey taste while the roasted garlic adds creaminess.  The recipe called for a drizzle of basil oil, but I wasn't able to find any (or make any in time for the soup); however, I bet it would add a great finishing touch.
We ate this soup as our main dish with a side of crusty bread.  A nice salad with perhaps some chickpeas tossed in (for the protein aspect of the meal) would round out the whole dinner.  
1 large eggplant
4 red bell peppers
2 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 garlic bulb; halved horizontally
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 red onion cut into wedges
2 cups vegetable stock
1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
a handful of fresh oregano leaves
salt and pepper
to serve:
fresh basil leaves
basil oil

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees (190 Celsius)
Put the whole eggplant and peppers in a large roasting tin.  Sandwich the thyme between the garlic halves, drizzle with oil and wrap in foil.  Add to the roasting tin.  Roast in preheated oven for 35 min.
Remove the garlic from the oven and check for tenderness.  Set aside to cool.  Remove the peppers, place in a ziploc bag, seal and leave to cool.
Add the onion to the roasting tin with the eggplant and cook for another 20 minutes or until the eggplant is tender. **(note:  my eggplant was done much sooner, so keep an eye on yours)
Meanwhile, peel the skins off the peppers and discard.  Transfer the flesh (seeds and all) to a blender and liquidize with a third of the stock until smooth.  Transfer to a sauce pan.  
Squeeze out the soft flesh of the garlic and add to the blender.  Spoon the flesh out of the eggplant and add to the blender along with the onion and another 1/3 of the stock.  Blend until smooth and then add to the saucepan with the pepper puree.
Add the tomato sauce, oregano, remaning stock, bring to a boil and season to taste.
Divide between 4-6 bowls, scatter with basil leaves and drizzle with basil oil.  Dig in!


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