It was one of those days, dreary and cold, and it was my turn to make lunch (I’ve told y’all how much I dislike making lunch). Mostly I was dreading it because I knew the fridge was devoid of leftovers I could just heat up and call good.
I strolled into the kitchen and opened the vegetable drawer. There it was, two red bell peppers, celery that needed a purpose and half an onion from the last soup I had thrown together. Luckily, inspiration hit and within 30 minutes, this soup and lunch was served. It was delicious and is now in the fall/winter soup rotation over here.
The coconut adds the Asian flare I was looking for and the Thai-style sweet chili sauce balances it all out. This soup is so easy to make and the flavor is bold. You will love it.
Creamy Red Pepper-Coconut Soup
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 1/2 one large onion, chopped
- 5 stalks celery
- 2 large red bell peppers, cored, seeded and chopped
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 can (14.5 ounce) chicken broth
- 1 can (14 ounce) lite or regular unsweetened coconut milk
- 1/4 cup Thai style sweet chili sauce
- 1-1/4 teaspoon table salt
- 3/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- Melt butter in a large Dutch oven (7-quart) over medium heat. Saute onion, celery and red peppers until softened; about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds more.
- Add chicken broth, coconut milk, sweet chili sauce, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer on low for 10 minutes.
- Puree in a blender (two batches) until smooth. Pour soup back into Dutch oven and add cream, stirring until incorporated. Taste and season to your liking.
- Serve with crunchy garlic bread sticks for dipping.
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