Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup Like Trader Joe’s

This is a variation on my earlier posted cream of tomato soup. It is basically that soup, but with some pureed roasted red pepper added in. The results are startlingly like the Trader Joe’s Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper soup, except fresher tasting.

Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup

3-4 Tbl. butter or olive oil
3-4 Tbl. flour (I used instant blending Wondra)
3 cups milk
6 ounces tomato paste
1 cup water
2 roasted red peppers, pureed to make about 1 cup, 8-9 ounces (roast red peppers at 400-450 degrees until skin starts to blacken, then remove from over, cover, cool, and then carefully peel; any skin that remains will not puree well and will result in bits of skin in the final soup)
salt and pepper, to taste
1/8 tsp. onion powder
1/8 tsp. garlic powder (another option is to roast a garlic clove or two with the red peppers and then puree the garlic with the red peppers)
1/8 tsp. oregano

Heat oil or butter. Add flour. Stir well. Cook for a minute to take off the raw taste of the flour. Add the milk gradually, stirring well to combine. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens. Add the tomato paste and stir it in to evenly combine with the milk. You will now have a very thick mixture. Add the roasted red pepper puree and water. Season to taste with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and oregano. Adjust thickness as desired with more water or milk. Heat through and readjust seasoning.

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4 Responses to “Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup Like Trader Joe’s”

  1. Rivki Locker Says:

    YUM. I’m very sad not to have a Trader Joe’s near home (Lakewood). Which one do you go to? Maybe I’ll make a trek.

    • pragmaticattic Says:

      There is a Trader Joe’s in Westfield NJ, which is about 25 minutes north of us, which would make it a bit of a trek for you (although maybe you could send your husband when he is around here). Actually, my husband works in Brooklyn, and I had him pick up some stuff for me at a Trader Joe’s near his workplace. I like the olive oil and the pareve chocolate chips. Totally worth the trip for the chips and olive oil alone.


      • Rivki Locker Says:

        Thanks! There is one in Shrewsbury which is about 1/2 hour from home. I think I’m going to head over there one afternoon. Maybe I can convince the kids it’s a road trip. I’m sure we can find some good kosher junk to make it worth their while. 🙂

      • pragmaticattic Says:

        ” I’m sure we can find some good kosher junk to make it worth their while”–oh, yeah, you sure will!! :-))


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