During the colder months I love a hearty and warming soup. This roasted tomato and red pepper superfood soup has a wonderful fresh flavour unlike the tinned variety we all know and love. Don’t get me wrong, I do love the tinned variety but this homemade soup is in my opinion, worth the effort.
It also has some amazing health benefits thanks to its ingredients.
Did you know, one tomato can provide 40% of your daily recommended vitamin C and also contain folate, potassium and vitamin K?
Vitamin C strengthens the body’s natural defences whilst vitamin K helps with blood clotting. Folate, or Folic Acid as you may know it is a B vitamin which helps to make and repair DNA and produce red blood cells. Potassium regulates the heartbeat and muscles need it to contract.
Tomatoes also contain lycopene which has significant antioxidant properties, reduced risk of heart disease and cancer and this can be boosted by cooking the tomato.
They also contain Vitamin A which supports vision, skin, health and immunity.
The pepper contains more than 200% of your daily vitamin C intake and they are packed with antioxidants.
Consumed on a daily basis, garlic helps lower cholesterol levels and it is beneficial to regulate blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
The onion is loaded with organosulfur that may offer some serious health benefits. These are powerful antioxidants. Onions also supply a modest amount of vitamin C.
Black pepper is brilliant at extracting nutrients from food. Best added when the food has been cooked, one pinch is enough for a meal.
It also contains piperine which makes it spicy and also improves metabolism, the immune system, memory and raises dopamine and serotonin levels.
High quality honey is a good source of antioxidants which can help lower blood pressure and honey also helps to lower cholesterol.
Olive oil is rich in the healthy monounsaturated fats and antioxidants.
This recipe makes two generous portions.
If you fancied a creamier soup you can add some soft cream cheese and stir until it has melted into the soup.
Enjoy this delicious soup and think of all the super health benefits!