Who says soup isn’t a summer food? There’s so much fantastic summer produce that lends itself so well to soup – we’ve actually been making a batch almost every week! Last week, we tried out a vegetable lentil soup with tons of seasonal produce – zucchini, yellow squash, purple potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, kale (and more ingredients I’m currently forgetting – and it was such a great, easy way to empty the fridge and get in a few extra servings of vegetables.
We got a little more creative with this recipe, adding in juicy, ripe yellow heirloom tomatoes, roasted yellow bell peppers, fresh herbs, and a beautiful herb oil to finish. There’s a touch of spice from Berbere – an Ethiopian spice mix – but it’s mostly just refreshing and light.
If you can’t find yellow heirloom tomatoes, you can certainly use red or orange (same goes for the bell pepper), although the yellow variety tends to be a bit sweeter. When it comes to garnishes, we like a little texture with a pureed soup and we often use roasted chickpeas (store bought) for a quick, easy fix. The herb oil is delicious on its own (it makes a good dipping sauce for fresh bread)!
Unless it’s over 90 degrees and you don’t have air conditioning, there’s really no reason not to make soup, so get at it!Print
This refreshing summer soup gets its yellow hue from yellow heirloom tomatoes and bell peppers.
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 7 cloves roasted garlic
- 2 tbsp shallots, diced
- 4 cups yellow tomatoes (approx 5 large heirloom tomatoes)
- 2 yellow bell peppers
- 2 carrots
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 3/4 tsp Berbere spice
- 2 tbsp fresh basil
- 2 tbsp fresh oregano
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley
- 6 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves roasted garlic
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp agave
- 1/2 tbsp oregano
- 3 tbsp parsley
- 2 tbsp basil
- Preheat oven to 375.
- To roast a whole head of garlic, trim off the top of the head of garlic to expose the cloves. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper, wrap in aluminum foil, and roast for about 40 minutes.
- Meanwhile, deseed yellow peppers and cut in half. Add to a large sheet pan with tomatoes, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
- In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat and add diced onion and shallots. Cook for 5-7 min, stirring often, until translucent. Add diced carrots and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Remove roasted garlic from cloves and add.
- Add all additional ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Split into 2 batches and blend until smooth (using blender that can handle high heat mixtures) or use immersion blender.
- To make herb oil, chop herbs and garlic finely. In a bowl, whisk all ingredients well.
- Serve with a drizzle of herb oil, crispy chickpeas, corn, fresh herbs, etc.