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Roasted Red Pepper Soup

This cold-weather meal is easy on the love handles! Roasted Red Pepper Soup offers big flavor without busting your newly-made resolution.

Roasted Red Pepper Soup #healthy

Let me guess… You are going to be nicer to your neighbor, spend more time with your kids, take a class at your local community college, and lose 10 pounds this year. Did I get it right???

We all tend to add a healthy objective to our list of new year’s resolutions. After two months of gorging ourselves on oven-baked dishes smothered in gravy, boxes of Christmas cookies, and hefty cheese platters, it’s time for a clean sweep.

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

A good veggie soup is a great thing to add to your new healthy routine.

Soup can fill you up, while making your meals substantially lighter in calories, fat and carbohydrates.

Making Roasted Red Pepper Soup #healthy

This roasted red pepper soup is gluten free, dairy free, low carb, low calorie and oh so delightful.

The vibrant sweet and tangy flavor of freshly roasted red peppers, combined with roasted garlic, herbs and a kick of spice make it extremely satisfying. Plus, it’s a great leftover to take to work for lunch. You’ll have jealous co-workers eagerly peeping over your cubical when they smell your creamy roasted red pepper soup.

You may need to make a double batch!

How to Make Roasted Red Pepper Soup #healthy

This particular Roasted Red Pepper Soup is one of my hubby’s favorite dishes. He has asked me to make it time and time again.

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Soup #healthy

It always amazes me that a steak-sandwich-kind-of-guy could crave gluten free, meat free soup the way he does.

Yet after one taste, you’ll understand the appeal of this marvelous soup!

Silky Roasted Red Pepper Soup #healthy

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes


  • 3 pounds red bell peppers, halved and cleaned (8-10)
  • 5 cloves garlic, in peel
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cups chicken stock (or vegetable broth)
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons rice vinegar


  1. Cut the peppers in half and remove all seeds and membranes. Press the red peppers flat with your hand and lay them on a foil lined, rimmed baking sheet. Place the garlic cloves on the baking sheet.
  2. Set the oven on broil and raise the rack to the upper position. Broil the red peppers and garlic for 15 minutes.
  3. Once the pepper skin has blackened, remove from the oven and place in a large zip bag to steam. (10 minutes)
  4. Preheat a large heavy pot to medium heat. Add the oil, thyme, bay leaves, and onions. Cook for 10 minutes, until onions are soft.
  5. Add the broth, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Squeeze the garlic cloves out of the peels into the pot.
  6. Then peel the charred skin off each pepper half and place it in the pot.
  7. Reduce the heat, cover, and cook another 20 minutes. Remove the bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Then, using a hand-held immersion blender or standard blender, blend until smooth. *If using a blender, be sure to remove the plug on the lid and cover with a kitchen towel—this with allow the heat to vent without a big mess!
  8. Add the vinegar and salt again if needed.
  9. Serve with extra thyme leaves. (In the photos I thinned out a little plain Greek yogurt with milk to make a fancy swirl on top. Pretty, but not necessary.)

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

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Chinese Hot Pots

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa Mushroom Pilaf ~ Jeanette’s Healthy Living

Polynesian Kebabs ~ Simply Gluten Free

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93 Responses to “Roasted Red Pepper Soup”

  1. Belinda @zomppaposted January 5, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Love handles are loving me! Too much…this soup is on my list.


  2. My German Kitchen...in the Rockiesposted January 5, 2012 at 8:09 am

    I also need to loose some pounds and still have some of my roasted pepper soup in the freezer. Thanks for the reminder!
    Happy New Year.


  3. Katarinaposted January 5, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Looks delicious!


  4. Paula- bell'alimentoposted January 5, 2012 at 8:49 am

    I’m a big an of anything with roasted red peppers ; )


  5. Kristi Rimkusposted January 5, 2012 at 8:52 am

    I love making my own roasted peppers. It’s so easy and the flavor is much better than the jarred versions. Fantastic pictures!


  6. Kiri W.posted January 5, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Looks amazingly delicious and wholesome :) Perfect for this time of year! I have to say, love the hot sauce and rice vinegar in this!


  7. Bev Weidnerposted January 5, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Um, I just died. SLURP!


  8. Emily @ Life on Foodposted January 5, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Beautiful photos! I always go for tomato soup and never red pepper. I have no idea why. This looks fantastic.


  9. Apron Appealposted January 5, 2012 at 9:11 am

    You forgot, “get some bills paid” Other than that…I think you got the resolution bases covered.


  10. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Timeposted January 5, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I’ve never had a red pepper soup before, but it looks delicious. Heck, if your meat-and-potatoes guy goes for it, it must be something. You need to add ‘bake more bread’ to my resolution list. :)


  11. the wicked noodleposted January 5, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I love red bell pepper soup! I like to make mine extra spicy, too. LOVE making soups this time of the year!


  12. Kellyposted January 5, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Wow your soup looks amazing! Love this recipe! :)


  13. Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom}posted January 5, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Oh Sommer! Yum!!! It wasn’t until I got older that I started to like bell peppers. Reds are my absolute favorite but I’ve never tried the soup. On my to do list!


  14. Lizposted January 5, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I love roasted red bell pepper soup…except mine is loaded with cream! I’m loving your healthy version…it looks amazing!


  15. Curtposted January 5, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Awesome recipe. I love the idea of broiling the peppers and garlic.


  16. leslieposted January 5, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Yep..totally pinned this. Looks wonderful!


  17. Pachecopattyposted January 5, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I enjoy roasting peppers and make a soup similar to this one but serve it chilled in the Summer.
    I’m going to try your version, love the way you show it served with a spinach salad;-)


  18. MaryKposted January 5, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Just wish red peppers weren’t so expensive now!! Will have to wait for summer . . .


    • Sommer — January 5th, 2012 @ 11:22 am

      They are pricey in the winter, but I caught a sale, 2 for $1. You just have to have a keen eye in the produce department. ;)


  19. Delishhhposted January 5, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Awesome soup – craving it right now. I am a huge soup lover and never really make roasted vegetable soup. Going to try this one. Too funny about the resolutions – i don’t make any :)


  20. Cookin' Canuckposted January 5, 2012 at 11:37 am

    This is gorgeous, Sommer. I can see why your husband begs you to make it. The color is so pretty and I’m sure it has a light, fresh taste.


  21. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmetposted January 5, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Mmmm….I think I can taste this soup! Looks deeeeelish Sommer! Gorgeous pics and I love the Soup Plates..those rock!


  22. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted January 5, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I need to wear my glasses when trying to read online. I thought at first you wrote that this was easy on the hands. Love handles make a lot of sense! I am in total soup mode! This looks terrific. What a fantastic color. Happy New Year!


  23. marlaposted January 5, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    It is amazing how much more flavor roasting adds to recipes like this! Great soup :)


  24. Mariaposted January 5, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Love this soup! Gorgeous photos too!


  25. Britneyposted January 5, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Can’t go wrong with such a great recipe!


  26. Susieposted January 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Roasted peppers sound wonderful and the soup looks amazing.


  27. jennifurlaposted January 5, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    holy vibrant color goodness, wow – seriously looks so delish.


  28. Breeposted January 5, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    This looks great and what fabulous pictures!


  29. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted January 5, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Gorgeous color and a nice way to eat light but enjoy the warming comfort of soup during the cold months.


  30. A Canadian Foodieposted January 5, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I make roasted red pepper soup often. Love the depth of flavour – similar to yours, but not exactly the same. I like adding roasted peppers to a variety of soups for the smokey deep pepper flavour they add to the soup.
    Pretty pics!


  31. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted January 5, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Gorgeous soup and I’m sure the flavors are amazing!


  32. Jeanetteposted January 5, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Love how gorgeous this healthy soup is! The roasted garlic, hot sauce and vinegar make this extra special.


  33. Cassieposted January 5, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    This looks amazing, beautiful photos! I just got a new immersion blender too, I’ll be trying this soon!


  34. Dmarieposted January 5, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    oh, how did you know I just love roasted red peppers, Spicy? thanks for this!


  35. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted January 5, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Bookmarked done and done


  36. Hyosun Roposted January 5, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    What a healthy yet delicious bowl of soup! I will definitely make this one. Thanks!


  37. Tiffanyposted January 5, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    I LOVE your photographs – and that recipe is going on my new To Do List!


  38. Jessica | Oh Cakeposted January 5, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    I love a good roasted red pepper soup. I will definitely add this to my “to-make” list.


  39. Katie @Epicurean Momposted January 6, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Oh wow! Can I swim in this ;-)

    Looks so divine! Roasted pepper is my fave!

    Katie {Epicurean Mom}


  40. chinmayie @ love food eatposted January 6, 2012 at 5:48 am

    Love the colour of this soup! Sounds so delish :)


  41. Lana @ Never Enough Thymeposted January 6, 2012 at 7:56 am

    What a perfectly lovely soup! I just might have to make this for today’s lunch.


  42. Carolynposted January 6, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Looks absolutely gorgeous, Sommer!


  43. Bonnie Bantersposted January 6, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    I’ve bookmarked this for sure…it sounds and looks fantastic! Also, the photography is amazing…thanks for sharing!


  44. Lori @ RecipeGirlposted January 6, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Beautious. I think I just made up a word ;)


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  46. Jen at The Three Little Pigletsposted January 6, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    The smell of roasted red peppers is one of my favorites! Just delicious!


  47. Maris (In Good Taste)posted January 7, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Love the photos


  48. Dr Lisa @ Naked Moxieposted January 7, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Love this recipe! I make all my roasted peppers just like you show and have to make a soup with them! Thank your. I am sharing this on my Naked Moxie fb wall… great share! :)


  49. Tickled Redposted January 7, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Oh my goodness it’s roasted pepper love this morning! I’ll skip breakfast and have a bowl of this please :D


  50. Magic of Spiceposted January 7, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    What a stunning soup…the color is fantastic, and no doubt just as delicious as it is beautiful!


  51. Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything}posted January 7, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    i love roasting bell peppers, most of the time during summer since they are not so pricy.
    Lovely soup Sommer!


  52. Laurenposted January 7, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Red peppers must not be $3 a piece in your neck of the woods…


    • celina — November 13th, 2013 @ 3:06 pm

      pro tip: if you go to any indian grocery store, such as Patel Brothers, red bell peppers (along with lots of other produce!) are MUCH cheaper. :)


  53. Ilkeposted January 8, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Love the color! I love roasted pepper soup, I have not tried myself yet but I order it if it is on the menu. Will definitely put in the recipe list for 2012 :)
    Hope you are doing well.


  54. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidenceposted January 8, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Great color on that soup. I’m a big fan of roasted peppers in general, so this is looking super tasty to me. I think I would add some golden croutons on top, but that would certainly take it out of the gluten free genre!


  55. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted January 8, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    This soup looks amazing! Definitely on my must-make list!


  56. betiposted January 8, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I can imagine how good it tastes, the roasted peppers sound great!


  57. Laurie {Simply Scratch}posted January 10, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Oh I love this! The color is insane!


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  60. Joyce Pinsonposted January 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Wow! I’ve been thinking about doing a similiar recipe….looks amazing and I bet the rice vinegar gives it a nice finish. Good idea!


  61. Feast on the Cheapposted January 16, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Looks glorious! Just getting caught up on all my stumbles. Can’t wait to make this – I’ve definitely been a soup state of mind


  62. Marieposted January 17, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Very appetizing soup! Wish I had seen it two weeks ago when I had an abundance of baked peppers.


  63. Aggieposted January 18, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I love that your hubby lives this soup! I’ve never made roasted red pepper soup, this looks delish!


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  67. RisaGposted February 18, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    The color of the soup just pops off the screen! That looks amazing. making me hungry and I ate a huge meal today and am not hungry! Good job.


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  69. Juliaposted October 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    I was looking for a recipe for roasted red pepper soup today and found this one. It looks so yummy.and the color is just beautiful. I can’t wait to try it out!


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  71. Helenposted April 25, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I’m making it right now !!!! Will let you know how it tastes !!!!! Wish me luck lol


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  74. YuBalanceposted November 6, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    The combination of vegetables and herbs sounds perfect! I’m definitely pinning this!


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  76. Mimiposted January 29, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I’m making this now. I have to say I do not love the smell of the thyme. Hoping it will still taste okay. I may have to try it again with different seasonings.


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  81. Amyposted August 8, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Yum! We loved it. Thanks for the great recipe.


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  83. Brittanyposted December 6, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    I’d next time leave out the vinegar and cut way back on the onion. Made the soup almost sour. Managed to bring it back with some sweet potato and a couple of carrots.


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  86. Bearposted February 26, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    I made this soup yesterday and absolutely loved it. I didn’t add the vinegar since I couldn’t find it in the store and it still was delicious. I also had some bacon left over and sprinkled it over the top, defenitely going to do that again! Thanks for the recipe!


  87. [email protected]posted April 2, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    What should I do with the fresh of the peppers? It is not mentioned whether I should discard them or use them or other purpose.


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