Roast tomato, pepper and butterbean soup

As the temperatures fall outside, there's nothing more satisfying to warm up after a run than a steaming bowl of soup. This delicious vegetarian soup is a must for your winter menu.


This nutritious soup is full of protein and minerals which will replenish nutrients used up when exercising.  Minerals such as potassium, magnesium and zinc are required by the muscular system, important for all weight-bearing exercise.


Ingredients

Serves 4 as light meal or substantial snack

1 red pepper

4 plum tomatoes, halved

1 small onion, finely chopped

2 tbsp olive oil

½ tsp paprika or pimenton

1 clove of garlic, crushed

2 x 400g cans of butter beans, drained and rinsed

1 tbsp pesto

1 tbsp finely chopped parsley

750ml vegetable stock

Freshly ground salt and pepper

Coriander leaves to garnish


1/ Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4

2/ Arrange the tomato halves on a lined tray, drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil and season. Roast for 25 minutes.

3/ Switch on grill to highest setting and roast red pepper, turning every few minutes, until skin is black and charred. Place pepper in a paper or plastic bag and rest for 5 minutes allowing steam to separate skin from the flesh. When pepper is cool enough to handle, remove the skins but do not rinse. Chop flesh into 1 cm strips.

4/ Add the olive oil to a large saucepan and gently fry the onions for about 5 minutes.

5/ Add the paprika or pimenton and garlic to the onions and continue to cook until the onions are soft which should take a further 5 minutes.

6/ Add the roasted pepper and tomatoes and continue to gently cook for a further 3 -4 minutes.

7/ Add the butterbeans and vegetable stock to the pan and bring to the boil. Allow the mixture to simmer for 10 minutes.

8/ Blend the mixture in a liquidiser or with a handheld blender until smooth.

9/ Season with salt and pepper and garnish with pesto and parsley.


Toral Shah is a nutritional scientist and chef - she has a BSc in Cell Biology from UCL and an MSc in Nutritional Medicine from University of Surrey. She is the founder of healthy food brand The Urban Kitchen and passionate about food which is delicious and nutrient dense; using seasonal and quality ingredients and helping people to enjoy incredible food and flavours everyday whilst ensuring that their health is optimised.  Toral is now working on her first book to share some of her innovative and tasty recipes.