Being a food blogger isn’t always all fun and (food) games.
Yes, I get to work from home and avoid a hectic commute, road rage, and brushing snow off my car in the morning. Plus, I guess theoretically, I could stay in my PJs all day (who has time for that though?!). And, time-permitting, I can have a hot lunch most days. Also, I can work from anywhere in the world, and I get to decide when I want to take vacation time without having to get my boss’ approval (which, I’ve noticed with Mike’s job, can be a very bureaucratic thing).
I guess when you put it like that, it does sound like mostly fun and games, but I believe that anyone who truly loves what they do sees their job through rosy-colored glasses.
Food blogging has its own set of challenges too though. To name a few, the necessity of a trip to the store for a forgotten ingredient at a very inopportune time, not having the company (or distraction, depending how you view it) of working with other people, and also, how to use up all the food that’s made.
I have a few creative ways to make sure that the food is used; neighbors, friends, and co-workers come in very handy. So do individual-sized freezer-safe containers.
It seems like I’ve been craving nothing but soup lately. I like to make a big batch for dinner one night and then reheat it for leftover lunches during the week. And when I get toward the bottom of the pot, there are one or two servings that get frozen individually for a quick meal anytime.
When I recently made this Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Cheesy Herb and Garlic Croutons, there were a few servings of different kinds of soup already in my freezer (a little bit of this, this, and this, which I shared a picture of here). But I was craving a creamy soup with croutons something fierce, and when the idea for this soup came to me, it just had to be made. Immediately.
I just figured I’d have a serving and my craving would be satiated, leaving me with a few more individual servings to add to my freezer stash. Instead, I ended up eating this whole batch of soup in two days. It was so good.
It’s still cold and flu season, so red bell peppers, which provide a broad range of antioxidants and contain 117 mg of vitamin C per cup, are the perfect base for this soup. (You can read more about the health benefits of red bell peppers on The World’s Healthiest Foods.) I used a couple different GO Veggie! products in this recipe: GO Veggie! Dairy Free Classic Plain Cream Cheese to make the soup rich and creamy, and GO Veggie! Dairy Free Grated Parmesan Topping for a little flavor oomph on the croutons. Both products are plant-based, lactose and dairy-free, and contain no cholesterol. So maybe I don’t feel so bad that I polished off the entire batch myself, lol.
Food blogger problem solved. ;)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small clove garlic, grated or crushed
- ½ teaspoon minced fresh thyme
- ½ teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
- ⅛ teaspoon coarse salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ baguette, thinly sliced cross-wise
- 1 tablespoon GO Veggie! Dairy Free Grated Parmesan Topping
- 1½ tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, grated or crushed
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 (16 oz/473 ml) jar roasted red bell peppers (in water, not oil), rinsed and drained well (see Note)
- 2 cups (475 ml) low-sodium vegetable stock
- ½ cup (120 g) GO Veggie! Dairy Free Classic Plain Cream Cheese
- For the croutons, preheat the oven to 350F. Whisk together the oil, garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl. Add the baguette slices and toss to coat, and then sprinkle in the parmesan topping, tossing again to coat. Spread the baguette slices out on a baking sheet and bake until light golden brown, about 10 minutes, flipping once halfway through.
- For the soup, heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, thyme, and rosemary and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add the black pepper, red bell pepper, and vegetable stock; bring up to a boil and then turn the heat down, cover the saucepan, and simmer 10 minutes.
- Cool the soup slightly and then puree using an immersion blender (or using a regular blender in batches, if necessary). Add the soup back to the saucepan and stir in the cream cheese. Heat over low heat until warm throughout. Taste and add salt if desired.
- Serve the soup topped with the croutons.
Disclosure: I received the GO Veggie! products that I used in this recipe for free, and I also received compensation for this post. I am happy for the opportunity to share brands that I believe in with my readers, and I hope you enjoy my recipe. As always, opinions stated are my own.
Soup pretty much ALLLLWAAAYYYSSS sounds good to me!! But I do have a serious soft spot for anything roasted red pepper. I want to slurp a HUGE bowl of this.
Marissa | Pinch and Swirl says
What a fabulous looking soup! And I so relate to getting started on a recipe and realizing that I’m ONE ingredient short…grrr… ;)
Toni | BoulderLocavore says
Faith I will admit only to you that I purchase a certain organic brand of this soup blend in a tetra pack, warming it up for lunch as craving it! I’m so glad to now have a real recipe, let alone one from you, to make it from scratch! Gorgeous.
Mmm…this looks like a bowl full of comfort! I’ve never tried dairy-free cream cheese, but I have been trying to cut back on dairy, so I’ll have to check that out. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
Red pepper soup is the best and I love those cheesy croutons!
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says
Hehe I definitely know what you mean Faith! I do try and see people during the week just to keep it more social but I also really enjoy the days when I don’t have to leave. It is getting rather chilly here so soup is really welcome! :D
If my daughter didn’t come home from school for lunch every day I’d have random freezer containers of all sorts of soups. Luckily for me, she does and she loves soup & leftovers.
Those croutons look amazing–I love a good garnish on soup!
Laura @MotherWouldKnow says
I have a love affair with red peppers, so any new ways to use them are always welcome. And this soup looks particularly divine, particularly today when the wind whipped up and the temperature dropped (yet again – ugh)!
Nutmeg Nanny says
This soup look so hearty and delicious! I just start seeing the Go Veggie products in the store and so I need to give them a try. LOVE the crunchy crouton topping too…yum!
Becky Winkler (A Calculated Whisk) says
What a beautiful color!
Martha @ A Family Feast says
I adore roasted red peppers and this soup is my kind of soup! Love that you’ve given us a dairy free option too! I’ll have to look for the Go Veggie! products at the store.
Kate @ Diethood says
Cheers to working from any corner in the world AND taking time off when you want to!!
Also? This soup. It’s SO up my alley!! Gorgeous, healthy, but most importantly, dang delicious!!
kristy @ the wicked noodle says
Roasted Red Pepper soup is sooo perfect for so many reasons!! I love that you can just pick up a jar and toss a few more ingredients together for a healthy, hot soup. Love your version!!
pam (Sidewalk Shoes) says
That looks so bright and good for you!
Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom says
Such a great bowl of soup with the roasted peppers!
Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious says
That looks like a yumfest in a bowl! Lovely, lovely soup.