Count the bumps on your peppers

red peppers

Put this in your file for little known factoids. Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating raw. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking. I picked up some red peppers at the Jiggly the other day and combined three different recipes to create the following. It was easy, light and beautiful to look at. Oh it tasted fabulous, too!

Roasted Red Pepper Soup – Oh Yeah, Baby

4 red bell peppers – de-seeded and coarsely chopped
2 red onions – finely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon paprika powder
2 cups tomato juice
1 teaspoon maple syrup
Dash of cayenne pepper
Freshly cracked black pepper

Heat the olive oil in a saucepan. Sauté the pepper and onions for 2-3 minutes, then sprinkle with paprika. Allow to cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Pour in the tomato juice and maple syrup. Add the dash of cayenne pepper, salt and pepper and simmer covered for 20 minutes.

With a blender or food processor, puree the soup finely. If you find it too thick add some more tomato juice, however my recommendation is that this soup tastes best thick and creamy.

Serve with a dollop of sour cream.

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