Golden Bell Pepper Soup

Text excerpted from Eating Clean, © 2016 by Amie Valpone. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

Dipping your spoon into this bell pepper–sweet potato combo is like dipping into a bowl of sunshine. It’s stunning—and the perfect antidote to a gloomy winter’s day. This soup also freezes well, so if you’re not serving a crowd, store the leftovers for a later date (or make a double batch).

Serves Six to Eight

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 packet ALOHA Daily Good Greens
  • 8 yellow, red, and/or orange bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 3 teaspoons finely chopped fresh marjoram
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free croutons, for garnish
  • Sliced avocado, for garnish; optional
  • Finely chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish; optional
  • Sriracha sauce for garnish; optional
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Preparation

  1. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and a pinch of salt and black pepper.
  3. Cook until the vegetables are tender, about four minutes.
  4. Add the bell peppers and cook until soft, about six minutes. Add the sweet potatoes and broth.
  5. Season with salt and black pepper, cover the pot, and bring to a boil.
  6. Lower the heat and add the marjoram. Simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.
  7. Let the soup cool slightly, and then, in batches, transfer to a blender and purée until smooth. If needed, thin the soup with water. Adjust the seasoning with salt and black pepper if necessary.
  8. Return the soup to the pot to keep warm until serving.
  9. Serve garnished with croutons and, if desired, the avocado and cilantro on top and sriracha sauce on the side.