Creamy Roasted Red Pepper + Tomato Soup

September 17, 2023
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

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This velvety, comforting, and smooth Creamy Roasted Red Pepper + Tomato Soup is completely rich and delicious in flavor for the entire family!

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper + Tomato Soup

This Creamy Roasted Red Pepper + Tomato Soup recipe is one for the books that can be enjoyed during the cooler months. Made from herb roasted red peppers + tomatoes, onions, garlic, sundried tomatoes, vegetable stock, heavy cream, freshly grated parmesan, chopped kale, and an array of herbs + seasonings, this soup is one that the whole family will love. Serve with a side of grilled cheese or enjoy it alone. Whip together in less than 1 hour. Dairy-Free + Vegan options.

Up close shot of bowl of soup with grilled cheese and spoons.

There's just something about creamy, velvety, + rich soup during the Fall season and Winter months and this Creamy Roasted Red Pepper + Tomato Soup is truly something to enjoy with every spoonful. If you're been a real fan of my Creamy Roasted Garlic Tomato Soup or Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta, then you're sure to love the extra boldness of roasted bell peppers added in! They add a nice subtle sweeter flavor and some smokiness, especially with the use of smoked paprika included. Plus, it's officially Soup Week 2023 on Orchids + Sweet Tea so you'll be able to see all of my soups come to life throughout the week on Instagram.

Growing up, I've always been a soup person, therefore this creamy soup is yet another one that I am excited to add to my rotation. With this red pepper + tomato soup, I just love how creamy, thick, and cozy that it is and of course, roasting those peppers + tomatoes and seasoning everything WELL is a must for me. And if you're into soups, then your entire family with thoroughly enjoy this Creamy Garlic Chicken Gnocchi Soup and Roasted Carrot Soup + Cheesy Croutons.

When it comes to the Fall season, I really just enjoy the indulge in comfort foods and how unapologetic we get to be about it. I'm one who loves things to be flavorful and this tomato soup definitely brings that factor. The best part about this soup is that it is super easy to make, only requires a blender + a pot, uses staples ingredients for ease, made in under 1 hour, and works for meal prep and longer storage, and comes with a dairy-free + vegan option for those who need it.

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Roasted Peppers + Tomatoes; a Game-Changer

I like to roast my red peppers + tomatoes in a hot oven until they blister and become sweet. The heat from the oven caramelizes the outside of the red peppers + tomato and enhances its natural sugars, much like how caramelized onions become sweet after cooking.

Roasted peppers + tomatoes are also better seasoned than their plain counterparts. When you roast the carrots, you first toss them in olive oil, salt, pepper, and other herbs + seasonings before they bake. That first step adds so much more flavor rather than making a sauce from plain raw carrots. Once the peppers + tomatoes are charred and tender, it’s time to remove them from the oven.

The more charred your peppers + tomatoes are, the sweeter they will be. You do still want a little structural integrity to the peppers + tomatoes (as they do shrink overtime), so bake them until they just start to blister and blacken. The blackened flavor on the outside of them really enhances the overall flavor in this soup.

Roasted red peppers and tomatoes on a baking sheet with parchment paper.

How to Make Creamy Roasted Red Pepper + Tomato Soup

To make this creamy red pepper and tomato soup, you'll start by roasting up those red peppers and tomatoes. Doing so enriches the flavors greatly. Also, this enhances the rich, caramel flavors in the soup. The key for this recipe is to start with great-quality tomatoes as well as bell peppers. Choose a mix of large and cherries, and several different colors if you can find them. Then you'll blend the base ingredients together, simmer over the stovetop, season to perfection, add in the kale and wallah!

Serve with a side of grilled cheese or Flaky Honey Buttermilk Biscuits or Honey Butter Cornbread Drop Biscuits or homemade croutons sprinkled on top. SO good!

The Ingredients

Here's what you need to make this creamy red pepper and tomato soup at home:

  • Bell peppers. You could use 2-3 large red bell peppers or at least 4 cups of mini red sweet peppers, whichever you have on hand.
  • Tomatoes. You'll need about 4 cups of tomatoes for nice color and taste. Again, choose a mix of large and cherries.
  • Heavy cream. I recommend organic–always! Of course, for a vegan option, just use full-fat coconut cream/milk.
  • Vegetable stock. Use store-bought low-sodium broth or make your own!
  • Garlic. You'll need about 4 garlic cloves or you can use 1 teaspoon of garlic powder in a pinch!
  • Olive oil. You can also use Grapeseed oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil as well.
  • Butter. I recommend unsalted. You can always substitute with olive oil, grapeseed oil, or coconut oil. For a vegan option, use vegan butter.
  • Herbs + Seasonings. A great addition of flavor. Adds such savoriness from the salt, black pepper, smoked paprika, parsley, basil, oregano, etc.
  • Red tomato paste. This is my secret flavor-enhancer and the thing that gives this dish some color.
  • Red onion. Substitute with yellow or white if that’s what you have.
  • Kale. Any kind of kale will work! You can also sub with spinach, collard greens, broccoli, or bok choy.
  • Parmesan. I love to freshly-grate my cheese, however, you can use your favorite shredded brand---quality does matter! For a vegan option, So Delicious Dairy-Free or Violife cheese shreds tastes great.
Chopped veggies on a cutting board with a fork and knife.


First and foremost, the flavors in this simple and Creamy Roasted Red Pepper + Tomato Soup is enough to convince anyone, however, here are a few more reasons why you’ll love this soup for dinner:

  • It’s absolutely delicious—-creamy, rich + velvety. I always try to ensure that my creamy soups are just that----creamy! So, using cream-based ingredients like a high-quality heavy cream and cheeses helps to achieve this best!
  • Super easy to make and quick! I literally love making the most delicious weeknight meals that don't take a ton of time and effort and this recipe is it! Plus, no crazy clean-up! Can we say–Everything in a baking sheet, pot and blender?
  • Full of flavor + well seasoned! (The best reason). This by far is one of my biggest reasons for making this soup. I enjoy adding herbs + seasonings to create a bold flavor profile that works.
  • Perfect for any time of day—Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast (if that’s your thing), whatever! Most of all, this is my biggest plus! I love soup during anytime of the day, especially whenever there are leftovers. The good thing is that this soup reheats nicely once done over the stovetop---slow and warmed through and you can add a bit of heavy cream or veggie stock if it's not creamy enough.
Soup in a black blender.

Should I Peel the Peppers?

No need! Usually, my roasting the red peppers, the skin will become super soft and it'll easily blend to a create a smooth base.

However, if you'd prefer to peel them---feel free! Simply cut the peppers in half and in chunks so that they are easier to peel. Also, after they are roasted and charred, you can add them hot to a ziplock bag for a few minutes which should cause the skin to peel off much easier.

How to Thicken Soup in General

With this roasted red pepper and tomato soup, thickening isn't required since it's naturally thickened. However, while many soups are thickened for texture, what you use as a thickening agent is solely up to you. All in all, it depends on how you like it! Use 1 tablespoon at a time mixed with 1 tablespoon of water to dilute. Then pour the mixture into the soup, simmering for an additional few minutes to activate the thickener.

Some thickening agents you can use are:

  • Cornstarch (GF)
  • Arrowroot starch (GF)
  • Potato starch (GF)
  • All-purpose flour
Soup in a white pot with a wooden spoon.

Tips For Making Good Soup Every Time:

Now, if you're intimidated with making soup or are concerned that it won't turn out as delicious, no worries. In my experience with making many different types of soup and watching the adults around me make a TON of soup (it's a staple in the Jamaican culture), I've learned a few things along the way that can help you make really good soup, including this Creamy Roasted Red Pepper + Tomato Soup:

  • Chop your veggies and ingredients into bite-sized pieces for greater ease when eating.
  • ALWAYS sauté your veggies, especially the garlic, onions, etc.
  • Make your own stock if you can or use water as your base with seasonings + herbs for a great taste. If using store-bought stock/broth, always purchase high-quality ones.
  • Let it simmer. While you might be tempted to cook your soup on high for a faster cook time, it's definitely BEST to let everything simmer and allow the flavors to "fuse" together slowly.
  • If using meat, always sear your meat in the pot first prior to adding it to the soup to cook the rest of the way.
  • If adding dairy or an alternative, always stir it in last or during the final few minutes.
  • To thicken (if needed), always mix your thickener (flour, arrowroot, starch, etc.) in a small bowl with some of the hot broth from your soup before adding it to the entire pot of soup. This prevents lumps and gives you a nice creaminess.

Why Won't My Cheese Melt in this Soup?

It's so important to use freshly-grated parmesan cheese for the creamiest results in your Creamy Roasted Red Pepper + Tomato Soup. While you can use shredded cheese, it won't melt as seamlessly because it has a special "coating", which prevents it from melting smoothly.

NOTE: If you only have shredded cheese, then I recommend adding it the soup while it's simmering in the last 5 minutes or so, stirring until melted and then topping it immediately after serving it into bowl(s).

Soup in two white bowls and a side of grilled cheese.

How to Make Homemade Croutons

Homemade Croutons are easy to throw together. While you might think that it’s so hard to make—-I’m here to show you just how easy it is. In a bowl, add the cubed bread, olive oil, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, parsley, salt, and black pepper, tossing everything together until bread is fully coated.

Add the bread unto the baking sheet (spreading it out evenly) and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the bread has become golden and are crisp. Remove and let it cool.

Serving Suggestions for This Creamy Soup

I like to add some extra texture to creamy soups like this one. Most people might enjoy creamy soups with a side of grilled cheese or brioche bread or garlic bread or naan, which is totally fine. But I wanted to share a few more ideas incase you make this red pepper + tomato soup more than once and want to switch things up outside of using the usual!

Other topping ideas include:

  • Roasted broccolini or broccoli
  • Crispy bacon (if you're not plant-based, of course) pr mushroom 'bacon'
  • Melted cheese or grated parmesan (vegan or regular if you're not vegan!)
  • Crispy sage leaves
  • Roasted chickpeas
  • Roasted Brussels sprouts, shredded
  • Roasted cauliflower florets
  • Kale chips
  • Pesto sauce (a nice swirl)
Soups in two white bowls with grilled cheese and two spoons.

What Can Be Used in Place of Kale in this Soup?

Although, kale is the most common veggie used in this creamy red pepper soup, you can definitely use other greens such as spinach, collard greens, bokchoy, etc. for a nice twist! When it comes to vegetables, there are so many benefits as we all know. While some veggies pack a greater punch when it comes to nutrients, we’ve curated a special list of our Our Top 12 Favorite Healthy Green Leafy Vegetables! Most of these are super popular while others are under utilized in many dishes. Lettuce Eat, Shall We?

What Can I use Instead of Sundried Tomatoes?

If you aren't the biggest fan of sundried tomatoes or just don't have them on hand, here are a few great alternatives for you to choose from so that you can still enjoy this delicious creamy soup:

  • Roasted herb tomatoes
  • Tomato puree
  • Roasted bell peppers
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Tomato sauce or paste
  • Fresh tomatoes
Two bowls of soup with grilled cheese, spoons, and garnish of sage.

What Are Delicious Foods to Pair This Soup With?

When it comes to most soup dishes, I often enjoy them with a side of bread of some sort. Most times, I make my own homemade Bread (of some sort), however, you can choose to spruce things up with many other options such as:

A delicious Salad

Sautéed Greens

Grilled Veggies

Toasted Bread

Homemade Texas Toast Garlic Bread

Common Q + A's for this Creamy Roasted Red Pepper + Tomato Soup

How to best store leftovers?

Leftovers can be stored in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, for optimal freshness. Can also be frozen for 4-6 months. To defrost, simply place soup in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature before re-heating on the stove top to serve.

Can I make this soup dairy-free and/or vegan?

Absolutely! To make this red pepper soup dairy-free and/or vegan, simply substitute the heavy cream with full-fat coconut cream/milk. I love using canned coconut cream from Edwards & Sons or Thai Kitchen, however, you can always use canned coconut milk as well and refrigerate it overnight to thicken and create more creaminess. Also, use vegan butter instead of regular and dairy-free parmesan (I love Violife) and dairy-free cheese for your grilled cheese, if serving together.

Can I use something else besides kale?

Yes! Although, kale is the most common veggie used in this red pepper + tomato soup, you can definitely use other greens such as spinach, collard greens, bokchoy, etc. for a nice twist!

When it comes to vegetables, there are so many benefits as we all know. While some veggies pack a greater punch when it comes to nutrients, we’ve curated a special list of our Our Top 12 Favorite Healthy Green Leafy Vegetables! Most of these are super popular while others are under utilized in many dishes. Lettuce Eat, Shall We?

How do you get the bitter taste out of red pepper soup?

Believe it or not, just by adding a combination of small amounts of an oil or fat such as olive oil or butter into your soup helps greatly! They not only help to cover up bitter flavors but they also add a comforting and flavorful taste to your soup.

Is Roasted red peppers healthy?

According to research, Red peppers are rich in vitamin c, though roasting them reduces their vitamin C content by up to 25 percent. The vitamin A and beta-carotene in red peppers offers good support for your overall vision and eye health. So yes---they're pretty healthy!

How to roast red peppers without flame?

Usually, I like to roast my red peppers in the oven by preheating the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, in a single layer on a baking sheet and at the bottom rack which does the trick! They're become nicely charred and blistered like they were on a grill or with a flame.

What neutralizes pepper taste?

Generally, any sort of dairy such as cheddar cheese, mozzarella, or heavy whipping cream, will work perfectly! You can also try sour cream, cream cheese, milk, or yogurt!

Why is my roasted red pepper soup bitter?

Typically, if you find that your red pepper soup is a bit too bitter for your taste, then I suggest adding a bit more seasoning or veggie stock if needed.

How long to roast peppers to remove skin?

The trick is: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and cut the peppers in half and remove the core (stems, seeds and membranes). Then lay the peppers in a single layer on a baking sheet, cut side down. Roast the red peppers for 15-20 minutes or until the skins are very dark and have collapsed. This should make for an easy peel!

Which color bell pepper is the healthiest?

According to research, Red peppers pack the most nutrition, because they've been on the vine longest. Green peppers are harvested earlier before they have a chance to turn yellow, orange, and then red. Compared to green bell peppers, the red ones have almost 11 times more beta-carotene and 2 times more vitamin C.

Can I freeze roasted peppers?

Absolutely! Roasted red peppers do very well in the freezer! To do so----place cooled roasted pepper halves in a freezer-safe ziplock bag (you can also separate them in smaller batches for greater ease) and remove as much air as possible and seal. Set them in the freezer and they last up to 1 year. NOTE: I like to label my bags with the date that I freeze them to easily keep track of their freshness.

Do you remove seeds before roasting peppers?

No need! I usually just roast them whole or once cut in half for greater ease. However, you'd prefer to remove the "core" (seeds, stem, etc.), you can totally cut your red peppers in strips so that you're just working with the flesh/skin instead.

Soup in two white bowls with a garnish of sage and thyme.

More Delicious Soup Recipes to Try Next!

Now that you've fallen in love with this roasted red pepper soup, put your pots do good use with these comforting + rich soup recipes for the entire family:


If you tried this Creamy Roasted Red Pepper + Tomato Soup recipe or any other recipe on my website, please please leave a 🌟 star rating and let me know how you go in the 📝 comments below. I love hearing from you.

Up close shot of soup in a white bowl with sage and two spoons with a red napkin and grilled cheese.
Soup in two white bowls with a garnish of sage and thyme.

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper + Tomato Soup

September 17, 2023
4.86 from 7 votes
This velvety, comforting, and smooth Creamy Roasted Red Pepper + Tomato Soup is completely rich and delicious in flavor for the entire family!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Serves: 4 servings



  • 2 medium red bell peppers
  • 4 cups Herb roasted tomatoes


  • 2 Tbsps Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsps unsalted butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 4 Tbsps tomato paste, organic
  • 5-6 organic sundried tomatoes, optional
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 3 cups organic vegetable stock
  • 1 cup organic heavy cream (See FAQ for dairy-free option)
  • 1 cup freshly-grated parmesan
  • 1 cup organic kale, chopped


  • 1 Southern-Style Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich  (You can make this sandwich without the bacon, tomatoes, or pesto for a classic flavor)


  • Sage leaves
  • Freshly-grated parmesan
  • Red pepper flakes




  • In a medium-sized dutch oven pot over medium-high heat, add the olive oil. Once heated, add the chopped onions, garlic, and sundried tomatoes and sauté until translucent + fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and add the sautéed onions/garlic/sundried tomatoes in a high-powered blender along with the roasted tomatoes and bell peppers. Blend on high-speed until everything is fully broken down and smooth.


  • In the same medium-sized dutch oven pot over medium-high heat, add the butter until melted followed by the blended pepper-tomato mixture, heavy cream, vegetable stock, chopped kale, salt, black pepper, smoked paprika, oregano, basil, and parsley, stirring everything together until combined.
  • Let everything boil for 1-2 minutes and then reduce heat to low to allow a simmer for another 5-6 minutes. Add in the freshly-grated parmesan and stir until melted.
  • At this point, the soup should be thickened as it continues to simmer.
  • Remove from heat and serve immediately into prepared bowl(s), top with sage leaves, red pepper flakes, or grated parmesan, and a side of Homemade Texas Toast Garlic Bread or grilled cheese, if desired.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Leftovers can be stored in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, for optimal freshness. Can also be frozen for 4-6 months. To defrost, simply place soup in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature before re-heating on the stove top to serve.
  • HERB ROASTED TOMATOES: Follow this Herb Roasted Tomato recipe for full instructions. 


Calories: 541kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 2282mg | Potassium: 543mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 7338IU | Vitamin C: 102mg | Calcium: 422mg | Iron: 4mg


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  1. I made this soup and it was AMAZING!!! I added a little pepper jack cheese as well!I definitely appreciate it!!!

    • Hi Latasha! WOW! I'm so thrilled that you enjoyed this soup! Definitely love the idea of adding pepper jack cheese! Yum! 🙂