Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Yellow Bell Pepper and Fava Bean Soup

Red Bell Pepper and Fava Bean Soup (01) by MeetaK

It's snowing outside! The temperatures have dropped drastically to below zero Celsius. A thin white blanket hugs the rooftops, cars and trees and I really can say that at this time of year Weimar looks amazing in white. As the sun sets into the west skies, shades of pink, orange and purple take over the skyscape and the fields next to our house covered in white glory, sparkle as the rays dance off the frozen ice crystals.

You've heard me say this often - I am a summer girl - but Weimar captures me each winter with it's magical and picturesque scenery. Especially now, when houses are beautifully decorated and there is that merry spirit in the air.

3 Gleichen, Thüringen, Weimar Collage (01) by MeetaK

Dusk is the perfect time to go for a walk in our area. The houses begin to light up in fairy lights and inside candles create a wonderful warm atmosphere. Our favorite pass time during the walk is sneaking a few peaks into the windows - Christmas tree voyeurism! I love seeing how each family have decorated the tree and the living room. C'mon everyone does it! We will then joke about the funny decorations or marvel at pretty hand-blown glass baubles.

Coming back indoors into the warmth of our cozy house, I too light up candles and the hand carved candle arch on the window sill. Time to think about dinner. Soup - that's what we all are craving for after the walk in the crisp cold air. Something to soothe and comfort from the inside out. The refrigerator presents me with a few interesting ingredient combination and I begin chopping.

3 Gleichen, Thüringen, Weimar Collage (02) by MeetaK

The sweet creamy flavoring of bell pepper gives a perfect highlight to the basis of this soup. With fava beans adding heartiness and earthiness.

Red Bell Pepper and Fava Bean Soup

Printable version of recipe here.

Ingredients

5 yellow bell peppers, deseeded and cut in halves
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, sliced
2 teaspoons paprika powder
11/4 liter vegetable stock
200g fava beans, shelled and blanched
120-130g sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and sliced
Salt and pepper
juice of 1/2 lemon.

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Brush a baking sheet with some olive oil.

  2. In a bowl toss the bell pepper halves with 1 tablespoon oil and a pinch of salt then place the bell pepper halves, skin side up, on the baking sheet. Roast for about 15-20 minutes until the skins have browned. Remove from oven and cover with a kitchen towel.

  3. In a large pot heat 1 tablespoon oil to medium and sauté onions and garlic until they begin to release their aromas and turn translucent – about 5 minutes.

  4. Peel the skins off the bell peppers, then add them together with the paprika powder to the garlic and onions. Sauté on high heat for another minute or so.

  5. Pour in the stock and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes. Add about 150g of the blanched fava beans and simmer for another 15 minutes.

  6. Once the fava beans are soft, puree the mixture until smooth and creamy. Alternatively you can pour into a blender and blend the soup. Season to taste.

  7. In the meantime, heat the remaining olive oil in a pan and sauté the rest of the fava beans with some salt and pepper. Add the sun-dried tomatoes and quickly toss. Drizzle some of the lemon juice. Set aside.

  8. Serve the soup in warm bowls and top with the sautéed fava bean and sun-dried tomato mixture.

Food Guide Tips:

You’ll find everything you need to know about the ingredients below in my food guide section:

- Bell Peppers

- Tomatoes

 

 

 


Verdict

Red Bell Pepper and Fava Bean Soup (02) by MeetaK

This was amazingly good. The mellow aromas of the yellow bell pepper paired up incredibly with the more robust, buttery and nutty flavors of the fava beans. Served with some warm fougasse or focaccia the meal was more than gratifying.

This is being sent out (late) to Harini over at Tongueticklers, who is my guest hostess for this session of Monthly Mingle. Her wonderful theme is Comforting Soups.  For those wondering where the hec that Brunch roundup is - please bear with me. It'll be up on Friday/Saturday - so you'll be getting two mingle roundups this month! Stay tuned!

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You might like these soups from WFLH:

Minestrone with Pesto Spicy Roasted Tomato And Red Bell Pepper Soup Red Bell Pepper Soup

   

 


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31 comments :

  1. i love roasted "any kind of pepper" soup...the colour of this soup makes it soo very appetising!!

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  2. Meeta,

    What a wonderful photograph of the soup and how well styled and presented. Loved the rustic looking cup and the placement of spoon.

    Loved the second photograph.

    Was this taken in natural light? Couldn't tell.

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  3. What a glorious sunshine soup in the midst of winter. I love roasted peppers. That rustic cup is so good.

    Lovely pictures! Love the beautiful red quaint rooftops.

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  4. Meeta, whilst you sit and enjoy your beautiful soup indoors we are sweltering! Love all the pictures! And the soup looks amazing too!

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  5. Vibrant soup, it looks great alongside the yellow spoon and patterned napkin. I am busy organising all my props here in London! xx

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  6. SOup looks comforting. Havent tried fava beans in soups. Looks vibrant!

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  7. I love the taste of bell peppers..I'm sure its delish!

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  8. SO gorgeous, Meeta! And I love the pictures of the countryside. I try to visit Germany at least once a year and these photos bring back such precious memories of dear friends and travels. Thank you! :-)

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  9. Snowing and freezing here as well - BRR!!

    Comforting soup - yum!

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  10. Lovely recipe--I adore soups and it has been so chilly here as well.
    Your area looks so picturesque!
    Your post makes me want to travel.

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  11. What a wonderful (and gorgeous) vegetarian soup. This one will be added to my soup rotation immediately!

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  12. This is one of those combos I never would have given much thought to, but after reading this, I'd love to try it! Love the photos too. :)

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  13. Hi, The soup looks and sounds fabulous and makes me me want to prepare it tomorrow! One thing I do not understand is where do you get the fresh fava beans to shell and use in the soup? I live in California and there is no snow and no fava beans to be had during the winter months. Where do you get upurs when there is snow on your ground?

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  14. Thank you everyone for all your comments. Glad the soup is warming you all! Even the sweltering Peter G! ;-)

    Neel - This was taken in the studio using artificial light using the Lowel Ego Lights.

    Sarah - A basic shelf from Ikea is what I can recommend and a few boxes for the small stuff. Happy organizing!

    Dani - hey the next time you are here come and visit me! We can discover the countryside together talking about food!

    ANON - I would not mind some of your California sun in exchange for snow and fava beans! I usually freeze/preserve my vegetables/fruit when they are in season for use when they are not. These fava beans were in actual fact frozen from this summer. Almost all gone though!

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  15. That soup looks great Meeta! But I'll have to put it on ice until winter swings along here again. Awesome photography skills as always.

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  16. That's a fantastic shot Meeta! It's one of those that makes me want to reach out for the soup and start licking the screen! I also really like the flavour combinations. Enjoy the snow!

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  17. The photos are so nice! I envy your place! And also the nice looking soup. This is perfect for the cold weather.

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  18. I love a good hearty soup! I love snow really and I am so happy that we have a white blanket right now!! Winter can be pretty grey and boring outside, so I love it when it all gets brightened up with snow. And yes, one of our favorite things around this time to take a walk through the neighbourhood and have a peek..:)

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  19. Gorgeous soup and indeed what we all crave all winter long. I adore strolling around the neighborhood when I'm in Florida, peeking in the windows at the decorations. How I miss it. But I do love a cold winter and soup!

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  20. I like your soup, I was thinking about using peppers for a soup several times. And what a beautiful photos again! :) This is a great time of year, when all houses are beautifully decorated. And yes, I do that too! I'm always so curious how other people decorated their homes :D

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  21. Gorgeous pictures..Love the cup you have used for the soup..

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  22. This soup looks wonderful. What a great combination. (Also fun hearing that the photo was taken with the Lowel Ego lights. I am loving them.)

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  23. I do love winter, especially early winter, but I have to admit that by mid March I am ready for some warmth, hehe. But what a better way to keep warm than with this delicious soup. I love your pictures, but that's an understatement :D

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  24. Such a beautiful description of the landscape! I enjoyed reading the post and thank you for the warm soup. I am craving some of the weather too:)

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  25. How gorgeous and looks so hearty Meeta - yummy! Loving the colours too!

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  26. Meeta the soup, the scenics its looks glorious! love it, and i look forward to making this soup!

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  27. Yummy Meeta,it gets my vote. I love roasted veggies but must confess that I've never had a bean soup or made a roasted pepper soup! Beautiful photos too

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  28. This looks gorgeous! Perfect for a cold winter evening. The soup mug is also amazing.

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  29. Where did you get your beautiful dishes? I've been looking for pottery like this.

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