Tomato and pepper soup

What I hate the most in making a tomato soup is peeling the tomatoes. After the boiling, tomatoes are hot and waiting until they are enough cool to touch them is simply a waste of time. I even tried to not peel the tomatoes but even after blending there are small unappealing tomato skins in my soup. I like the tomato soup to be clean so I needed to find a way to remove the skin without spending to much time and without burning constantly my fingers when removing the skin. What I found useful was to cut the tomatoes in 4. In this way they are easier to be removed. Then, the best is not to touch them directly with your fingers. For this soup I used just 2 chopped sticks. With a fork it would be easy also.
This trick saved me, as tomato soup is one of my favorite, if not, my most favorite soup.
Tomato soup combined with pasta and lovage is an incredible combination. Lovage is another favorite of mine in terms of flavoring the savory food. I brought it back from Romania and I have it in my garden since few years. It dries during the winter but grows back in the early spring. It is not demanding at all and offers you so many tasty pleasures.
This tomato and pepper soup looks more like a classic tomato soup. However, adding some other vegetables enrich the dish quite a lot in terms of nutrition. It does not change the taste too much, although the pepper is very delicately felt.

  • 3kg ripe tomatoes
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 200g root celery (diced)
  • 4 carrots (diced)
  • 1 big onion (diced)
  • 200g linguine (mine were made from rice)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • lovage ( or parsley )

  1. In a pot, boil the root celery and carrots.
  2. Cut the tomatoes in 4 and boil them in another pot until the peel starts to remove by itself.
  3. Remove the peel with 2 sticks or forks. When the tomatoes are boiled, you can remove the skin very easily, straight in the pot, without even touching them.
  4. Pour the boiled celery and carrots in the tomatoes pot together with the water in which they boiled. I boil them separately in order to easily remove the tomato skin.
  5. Add the onion, salt and pepper and let them boil for another 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from the heating and blend using a hand blender in order to obtain a creamy soup.
  7. Add the linguines and put it back on the heat. Boil for another 10 minutes.
  8. In the end, add the chopped lovage.


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