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Smoky Tomato and Bell Pepper Soup
with bacon, and apple side salad

Active: 30 min Total: 30 min
For a twist on classic tomato soup, smoked paprika and roasted red peppers give this version a smoky rich flavor. A side salad with sweet apples and crisp bacon rounds out the savory / sweet balance of the soup.


Smoky Tomato and Bell Pepper Soup:
  • Carrots, medium - 1 , chopped
  • Roasted red peppers (16 oz / 454 g) - 1/2 jar , rinsed, drained and chopped
  • Onions, red - 1/2 , chopped
  • Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
  • Butter - 1 Tbsp
  • Paprika, smoked - 1/2 tsp
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 tsp
  • Tomatoes, diced and preferably fire-roasted (14 oz / 397 g) - 2 cans
  • Stock, any type - 1 cup
Bacon and Apple Side Salad:
  • Apples, any tart variety - 1 , chopped
  • Bacon - 4 strips
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 2 tsp
  • Maple syrup - 1 tsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 1 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp
  • Mixed salad greens - 4 oz


  1. Carrots / Roasted red peppers / Onions - Prep as directed. Store in separate containers. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Apples - Chop apples.

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  1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add olive oil and butter. When butter melts, add carrots and onions and saute until onions soften, 4 to 5 minutes. Add paprika and vinegar and saute until fragrant, ~1 minute. Add roasted red peppers, tomatoes (including liquid) and stock. Bring to a simmer and allow to simmer for 10 minutes to let the flavors come together.
  2. While soup simmers, heat a skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and cook on both sides until crisp. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate to cool.
  3. Whisk together vinegar, maple syrup, mustard and olive oil.
  4. Combine salad greens with apples. Just before serving, toss with dressing and crumble bacon on top.
  5. Puree soup until smooth with an immersion blender (like in this video) or transfer to a standing blender in batches. (Using a standing blender will yield a more smooth, creamy soup.) Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve soup with salad on the side. Enjoy!



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