Go Hot or Cold with this 5:2 and Weight Watchers Diet Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Go Hot or Cold with this 5:2 Diet and Weight Watchers Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Go Hot or Cold with this 5:2 Diet and Weight Watchers Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Go Hot or Cold with this 5:2 and Weight Watchers Diet Recipe:

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Go Hot or Cold with this 5:2 Diet and Weight Watchers Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Go Hot or Cold with this 5:2 Diet and Weight Watchers Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Now that summer is in full swing I am not only enjoying the balmy warm days, but I am revelling in all the fresh seasonal produce that is around right now. My recent vegetable hauls have comprised: red peppers, green peppers, yellow peppers, onions, aubergines, courgettes, tomatoes, garlic, oranges, chillies, lettuce and peaches. The pantry is overflowing with amazing produce and all I have to do is COOK with them! I have already made a big pot of ratatouille, as well as barbecuing some peaches with honey and fresh lavender as well; but, we both fancied a bowl of soup last week, for our 5:2 fast day midday meal, and so I decided to make a red pepper soup, which is one of my favourites.

Seasonal Fruit and Vegetables

Seasonal Fruit and Vegetables

I had just made a recipe for Dom’s Random Recipes challenge, and with book still lying on the table I decided to see what soup recipes there were on offer, and as luck would have it, there was a recipe for a low-calorie red pepper soup! I tweaked it a bit, but not much and as you can see from the photos we were rewarded with a bowl of beautiful deep red soup, that tasted as delectable as it looked. I opted for the spicy version and added a chopped chilli as well as several drops of Tabasco sauce; but, this soup could just as easily been silky smooth and mellow with no chilli added – maybe with some crème fraîche dolloped on top.

Roast Red Pepper Soup

Roast Red Pepper Soup

You will see lots of baguette in my photos, obviously if you are on a fast day, then don’t indulge in any bread – but DO have a yard or two if you are having this on a “feast day” – it’s practically de rigueur! The ideal dessert to follow this tasty soup would be some of my barbecued peaches, (that can be cooked in the oven and are also 5:2 friendly) and that are featured in this month’s Morrisons (supermarket) magazine, where I am very pleased to report that I am Blog of the Month!

Barbecued Peaches with Honey and Lavender

Barbecued Peaches with Honey and Lavender

This soup can be served hot or cold and it is almost better when served chilled, as the flavours are more pronounced. It would make an ideal summer dinner party recipe and I can also see it being served throughout the winter, made with some of those chargrilled peppers you get in jars. We were so taken with the recipe that I made a big batch up for some paying guests who came for dinner the other night, and all of their bowls were wiped clean too.

Seasonal Fruit and Vegetables

The recipe for this low-calorie soup is shared below, and one bowl has just 120 calories in it, which means it is PERFECT for a fast day. That’s all for today, I will be back later with more recipes, as well as some reviews, have a great day and see you soon, Karen 

Go Hot or Cold with this 5:2 Diet and Weight Watchers Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Go Hot or Cold with this 5:2 Diet and Weight Watchers Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Serves 4
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 45 minutes
Dietary Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish, Snack, Soup, Starter
Misc Serve Cold, Serve Hot
Occasion Barbecue, Birthday Party, Casual Party
Region British
From book Pure Points 2002
This beautiful deep-red soup packs a punch with flavour; you can make it as spicy as you like, or just omit the chilli for a mellow bowl of peppery goodness. If you are not watching you calorie intake, a dollop of crème fraîche on top of the soup makes a nice addition, and this soup is just as delicious when served chilled, as well as hot. The original recipe came from a Weight Watchers cook book and the recipe has 0 points per serving (pre pro-points) and is only 120 calories a bowl for those who are following the 5:2 Diet, which makes it a fabulous fast day meal.

Ingredients

  • 4 large red peppers, halved and de-seeded as well as trimmed of membrane
  • low fat cooking spray (I used Fry Light Olive Oil)
  • 2 onions, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 small red chilli, de-seeded and very finely diced
  • 1 x 400g tinned tomatoes, chopped
  • 1.2 litres home-made vegetable stock (Marigold Swiss vegetable bouillon powder is also good)
  • 2 or 3 dashes of Tabasco sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh basil or thyme leaves (to garnish)

Note

This beautiful deep-red soup packs a punch with flavour; you can make it as spicy as you like, or just omit the chilli for a mellow bowl of peppery goodness. If you are not watching you calorie intake, a dollop of crème fraîche on top of the soup makes a nice addition, and this soup is just as delicious when served chilled, as well as hot. The original recipe came from a Weight Watchers cook book and the recipe has 0 points per serving (pre pro-points) and is only 120 calories a bowl for those who are following the 5:2 Diet, which makes it a fabulous fast day meal.

Directions

Step 1 Preheat the grill and grill the peppers skin-side up until they are blistered and charred. Pop them into a plastic bag and allow to cool.
Step 2 Meanwhile, heat a large non-stick saucepan and spray with the low fat spray; add the onions with the fennel seeds and cook over a gentle heat for about 5 minutes. (If the onions start to stick, add a little water, although if you put a lid on the saucepan, I find this won't happen)
Step 3 When the peppers have cooled sufficiently to handle them, peel the skin off and chop the flesh. Add the flesh to the onions in the saucepan with ALL of the remaining ingredients, except the basil or thyme garnish and bring to the boil before simmering for 15 to 20 minutes.
Step 4 Liquidise the soup in a blender, food processor or by hand with an immersion stick blender, return the soup to pan if necessary and gently reheat. Adjust the seasoning before serving with crusty bread and a basil or thyme garnish.
Step 5 This soup is also delicious served chilled in the summer; just allow it to go cold and add a few ice cubes.
Go Hot or Cold with this 5:2 Diet and Weight Watchers Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Go Hot or Cold with this 5:2 Diet and Weight Watchers Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper Soup

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The soup is served in a Churchill China Penzance Soup Bowl with matching Dinner Plate

Churchill China

Comments

  1. says

    years and years ago I made a roasted red-pepper soup that was so delicious but I have lost the recipe, yours looks amazing and i’m so glad you’ve posted this… I just remember the flavour so well and how it tasted of summer in a bowl… I will definitely be whizzing this one up xx

  2. says

    Mmmm, I love spicy pepper soup. You’ve just reminded me I have loads of peppers in the fridge that needing using up too :)
    Janie x

  3. DANIELLE VEDMORE says

    Think Im going to have to go and get some red peppers – only have yellow and green in atm :( Looks delicious! Red peppers are one of my faves xxx

  4. DANIELLE VEDMORE says

    Your apple and leek soup reminded me that I had forgot to say thank you for this recipe. Was lovely – now one of my faves. Have to say that I do sometimes add a bit of cream when Im feeling a bit naughty! Thanks xoxo

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