Spider's web soup

 

Everyone will enjoy huddling together around bowls of steaming hot soup

  • Ingredients:
  • 6 red peppers
  • 2 tsp Co-op olive oil
  • 25g Co-op unsalted butter
  • 2 leeks, trimmed and sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 x 400g tins Co-op chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 ltr chicken or vegetable stock, made with 1 cube
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tbsp Co-op extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 tsp single cream, to decorate
    • To make the soup:
    • Heat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6
    • Lay the whole peppers on a baking tray, drizzle lightly with oil and roast for 40 minutes, until collapsed and blackened in places
    • Allow to cool, then tear out and discard the stalks and seeds, slip off the skins (don’t worry if you leave a few bits on) and put the soft flesh aside for later
    • Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the leeks and garlic
    • Cook, stirring over a medium heat for 10 minutes until softened, then add the tomatoes, sugar, peppers, stock and bay leaves and bring to a simmer for 15 minutes
    • Season the mixture, then fish out the bay leaves and whiz the soup with a stick blender until smooth