Roasted Red Pepper Gouda Soup | Meatless Monday
Happy Monday friends! How is it the last day of April already? As much as I am always amazed how fast time keeps passing, I am not so secretly happy that the colder days are behind us (fingers and toes crossed). We had a productive weekend, getting our small vegetable patch ready (see this video I posted on my Instagram) and got some new flowering plants and bushes to get in the ground. It was a beautiful weekend with sunny skies, comfortably warm and an occasional cool breeze blowing. If you live in Kansas, you learn to appreciate a breeze, since it is always crazy windy here. There were some beautiful tomatoes in the store so we decided to go with tomato mozzarella and pesto paninis for dinner to welcome warmer days. And a roasted red pepper soup to go with it (balance people!).
A local coffee shop in our town serves this roasted red pepper gouda soup and it is one of our favorites. The chef at the cafe was kind enough to tell me what all goes in the soup. I have learnt this over time that all you need to do is ask. Most of the times, people are kind enough to share their recipes or give you a broad outline. If you never ask, you never even had a chance. So ask! Worse that can happen is that the person will say no. And in that case too, nothing is lost! Now she only told me what was in the soup and that too pretty vaguely. But you guys know me, I let the imagination and memory of my taste buds take charge and developed this soup recipe.
Few iterations later, I think that this red pepper gouda soup is ready to be shared with you. Addition of onion and carrot in the soup was not in the original recipe, the carrots bring out a nice sweetness. The tomatoes that I used were a combination of Roma, on the vine and Campari. I fire roasted the Roma tomatoes because I wanted to enhance the roasted flavor. You can certainly use canned tomatoes, if that’s your thing. This soup recipe is super easy and on point. And dare I say – one pot recipe..yayy for not washing 348 dishes to cook something. It is a great meatless recipe, which when paired with bread (this homemade focaccia works great) or a sandwich makes a perfect summer (or fall) meal. So here it goes:
Roasted Red Pepper Gouda Soup
- 1.5 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic smashed
- ½ cup chopped white onion
- 1 cup chopped carrots
- 2 roasted red bell peppers, chopped See Notes
- 4 cups chopped tomatoes See Notes
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 tablespoon cream optional
- ¼ cup shredded smoked gouda cheese See Notes
Set a heavy bottomed sauce pan or Dutch oven on medium high heat and add olive oil to it. Add the garlic cloves, onions and carrots and sauté till slightly tender, about 2-3 minutes.
Add the roasted red bell peppers and tomatoes and cook for two more minutes.
Add the vegetable stock, basil, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and sugar. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil.
Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium low, cover the pot with a lid and cook for 15-20 minutes.
Take the lid off, stir and turn the heat off. With an immersion hand blender or in a blender (See Notes), carefully blend the soup till smooth.
Give the soup a taste check and adjust seasoning if need be.
Return the soup to low heat, add cream (if using) and gouda cheese. Stir and let heat till the cheese melts.
Serve warm with bread and additional gouda for topping (optional).
You can fire roast the bell peppers yourself, remove the skin and chop. OR use 1, 12 oz jar of roasted bell peppers, drain and chop the bell peppers. You can use 2 cans of diced or fire-roasted tomatoes if not using fresh. Use regular gouda cheese if you cannot find smoked gouda. Cream adds a nice silkiness, but is it optional. If not making this meatless, feel free to use chicken broth instead of vegetable broth. If using a blender, be very careful and blend the soup in small batches.
Enjoy the soup with bread (this works great) or a sandwich. Hope you give this ONE POT soup a try and if you do, let me know – leave a comment here, on my Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!
P.S – The bowl that you see in the icture is the one I got from Japan pavilion on our recent trip to Epcot (read about it here).
Sauce pan and Spatula
Knife and chopping board
Abhishek SrivastavaJuly 5, 2018 at 10:48 am
Very informative post.
Kelly MoyerJuly 5, 2018 at 11:12 am
Yummy!!! I will be trying this. My son will love it (no meat). Thanks for sharing this
VaishaliJuly 5, 2018 at 11:26 am
Thanks Kelly. There a mostly meat free dishes on this blog. I hope you will like some others too..:)
HeatherJuly 5, 2018 at 12:37 pm
This looks so, so good. I loved roasted red pepper soup. The addition of Gouda would be amazing, I bet. Or maybe even a smoked Gouda. Yum. I’m going to have to try this!
CassieJuly 5, 2018 at 9:57 pm
This sounds so good! I’ll have to make it for dinner
ThatsmeonlineJuly 6, 2018 at 1:56 am
Mhm! I think I know what I’ll be having for lunch today! Can’t wait to try this.
Backpacking SeriesJuly 6, 2018 at 2:56 am
That looks like an amazing healthy and yummy soup!
evelynJuly 6, 2018 at 7:00 am
We love soup, easiest way of getting our son to eat veggies!
Jen @ Jenron DesignsJuly 6, 2018 at 9:18 am
We have recently been eating more vegetarian meals, trying to go toward a pescatarian diet more or less. This looks amazing and would be a perfect addition for out fall week day line up, plus my husband loves Gouda, so that’ s a win.
Danielle LavoieJuly 6, 2018 at 1:10 pm
Looks delicious! I became a vegetarian at the beginning of the year so I am always looking for new recipes. Can’t wait to try it!
Backpacking SeriesJuly 6, 2018 at 2:22 pm
That looks like a great recipe. Would love to try.
CassieJuly 6, 2018 at 3:18 pm
I love love roasted red pepper soup! With gouda especially 🙂
HeatherJuly 6, 2018 at 8:28 pm
I don’t eat meat so everyday is meatless for me. I appreciate these types of recipes that I can incorporate into our dinner options!
NaililJuly 6, 2018 at 10:05 pm
Wow this looks really good and fairly easy to make. I will have to try it.
AdaezeboltbethelJuly 6, 2018 at 11:50 pm
Yes Kitchen doc! This soup looks so good but it not the best time for me to try them. Have you considered making food recipes for the summer
ShanabJuly 7, 2018 at 12:02 am
Sounds and looks delish. Nice combination of ingredients.
Aleese HughesJuly 7, 2018 at 3:49 pm
YUMMY!!!!!! I want to make this SO bad now!
Neil Alvin NicerioJuly 7, 2018 at 8:01 pm
This is my second time to visit in your blog to find out more delish dishes and oh boy, was I lucky to find another treasure.
TusharJuly 7, 2018 at 9:50 pm
Yum yum yum!!!
PujariniJuly 8, 2018 at 3:33 am
This looks so good that my mouth is watering.
ManeJuly 8, 2018 at 3:44 am
This looks yummy!!!!I would definitely try this. Thanks for sharing!!
Cat UyJuly 8, 2018 at 11:30 am
i love vegan soup. this will make my dinner so appetizing.
Novel BlondesJuly 8, 2018 at 3:43 pm
Your recipes are all so delicious! Thanks for sharing another healthy winner!
[email protected]deavenueDecember 13, 2018 at 12:48 pm
That looks so delicious on this cold florida day. I have almost everything to make this except for opnions.
KarenJanuary 14, 2019 at 9:46 am
Looks amazing! I’m going to try it without the cheese, but I love a good bowl of soup with some crusty bread!!
KateJanuary 14, 2019 at 10:27 am
Omg, this looks and sounds delicious! 100% going to try it. I was vegen/vegetarian for awhile, and this really motivates me to make some of my old recipes!!
CarlyJanuary 14, 2019 at 1:03 pm
This looks so good! I bet the gouda is amazing with these flavors!
VaishaliJanuary 14, 2019 at 1:17 pm
Thanks Carly. It is!
PaulineJanuary 14, 2019 at 4:00 pm
Oh my gosh!! This looks delicious. I’ve pinned it to try next time my husband goes to work. He always has to eat meat and I would be happy as a vegetarian. 🙂
VaishaliJanuary 14, 2019 at 4:28 pm
Thanks Pauline. I think I’ve heard this story too many times..lol..<3
Tayler RossJanuary 15, 2019 at 1:17 pm
This soup is just what I need today! It looks so comforting and delicious!
VaishaliJanuary 15, 2019 at 1:31 pm
Thanks Tayler. I agree soups are so comforting!
XMC.PLNovember 21, 2020 at 8:12 am
I like this idea. I visited your website for the first time and simply been your supporter. Keep writing as I am going to come to read it everyday!!
JillianMarch 4, 2021 at 8:18 pm