Pimiento Soup with Vermouth | PCC Natural Markets

Pimiento Soup with Vermouth

Serves: About 4

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The slightly bitter character of vermouth adds a layer of flavor that enhances the pimientos dramatically. With a mere tablespoon of olive oil, this is an amazingly rich soup, reminiscent of classic tomato bisque but without the hassle. If you don't like to use alcohol in your food, simply omit this ingredient and call it "Pimiento Soup," which will be an unusual, very tasty dish all the same.



Put the oil in a large soup pot over high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for about 1 minute. Add the pimientos, bouillon cubes and paprika and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the water and salt and bring to a boil.

Peel the potato, and then grate it directly into the pot. Stir well. Decrease the heat to medium-high and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are very tender. The liquid should be reduced to about 1 1/2 cups.

Transfer the mixture to a blender and process until very smooth. (Be careful, as the hot mixture may want to blast out of the blender. Pulse a few times before turning the blender on fully.)

Return to the pot and reheat. When the soup is hot, add the vermouth and pepper and stir well. The consistency should be very creamy, but if the soup is too thick, add just a little water. Serve in small cups, with a sprinkling of the chives on top.

Recipe by Alan Roettinger, former PCC Cooks instructor

More about: garlic, onions, soup, sweet peppers


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