Monday, November 10, 2008

Simple Soup #2: Corn & Red Pepper



This is #2 in my series of Simple Soups.
The first Simple Soup post was my Carrot Peanut. Ok, no one has emailed me that they've tried it yet, but I will give it time........

Soupie #2 is by far the BEST of the series (there will be 6 soups total).
It is Red Pepper Corn Soup. It is not a chowder. There is no milk, no cream, no butter, so it is actually low in calories and fat.
I also want to mention that my father in law, Hank, loves this soup. If I bring it to their house (which isn't often), he raves about it with each sip (or slurp).

Stacey Snacks Red Pepper & Corn Soup:

~ 1 onion, chopped
~ 1 red bell pepper, diced
~ 2 cloves garlic, chopped
~ 1 16 oz. bag of frozen corn (in the summer, I use 2 cups of fresh shucked corn)
~ 4 cups of chicken stock (Swanson's boxed broth is decent if you don't have homemade broth)
~ dash of cayenne pepper
~ fresh chopped cilantro or chopped basil for garnish

In a heavy stock pot, saute your onion, garlic and red pepper (and cayenne pepper if you like) in olive oil until soft, about 10 minutes on medium heat.



After you have sauteed your veggies, add your corn and 4 cups of chicken stock. Bring to a boil, then partially cover and simmer 20 minutes until vegetables are soft.

Remove half of the solids to a bowl or blender.



*(I use a hand immersion blender, which is a god send! The best kitchen tool I own).

Puree half the solids and then add them back into the soup pot and mix with the vegetables and stock. Garnish with fresh cilantro!




*Speaking of kitchen tools. The other day on my baked apples post, I mentioned that I did not have an apple corer, so coring the apples was a bit of a pain.
Well, today in the mail I received a padded envelope addressed to BLOGGER, and in it was a beautiful Calphalon apple corer from a secret admirer! What a nice surprise! I guess I will just have to mention what I would like for my birthday in this forum, and maybe it will magically appear! (Thank you MIL!).

17 comments:

Maris said...

Stacey, this looks fantastic! I love soup also and I've had a bag of frozen corn in my freezer for weeks that I've been wanting to make something with.

I think this soup will be the perfect excuse to use my immersion blender, too!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Did you use some of that grilled corn from Trader Joes in there? This, my hubby would love, he's a corn freak. Fast and easy too!
What a nice MIL you have, maybe you could mention to her that my knives are getting a little dull. ;)

Hugs, Marie

Pam said...

The soup looks and sounds great. What a beautiful color!

Patsyk said...

The soup looks wonderful - and simple, which I LOVE!

What a fun surprise you got in the mail... keep mentioning those items you can't live without and maybe the mailman will keep delivering them! :)

Sara said...

This sounds great, I love vegetable soups like this.

Peter M said...

Looks "mui comforting"...the sweet/savory is a combo I like here and it's naturally thick.

Anonymous said...

Wow... two mentions today..

We're getting up there.

with love,
Mil

Diana said...

Your soup looks gorgeous! Do you think it would be just as good with canned corn? I have a ton of cans people have given me.

lisaiscooking said...

Soup sounds so good right now. Looks great!

kat said...

I've actually bookmarked both soups to make since I have tons of carrots in the fridge, a bunch or peppers & corn in the freezer

BluebirdNY said...

This is a wonderful recipe - the puree works well to thicken without the cream. Can't wait to try it!

doggybloggy said...

I love my immersion blender so much I got it a sibling so now the cuisinart has the kitchenade and they are so happy...this is a great soup - a dollop of creme fraiche for me since the only thing I watch is my expanding waist.

Stacey Snacks said...

Diana,
Canned corn usually has sugar in it, but I guess you could use it!
I like Trader Joe's white corn, it's always naturally sweet.

Christo:
A dollop of creme fraiche would be perfect on top!

Stacey

The Blonde Duck said...

That looks great! I need some more veggie soups to balance all the fried crap I cook. :)

Meg said...

This looks amazing. I would love to have this with some nice warm bread for dipping!

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Janet said...

This corn and red pepper soup is very tasty. Made just as is. Perfect. Making again tonight.