KITCHEN BITCH: Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Soup MAVIS LINNEMANN I’ve been waiting all summer for this moment—the time of year when I can open all my windows AND turn on the stove without suffering from heat stroke. And since I’m not breaking a sweat while my oven comes to temp, I can actually stand over the stovetop and create some of my favorite fall dishes—mainly soups, stews and chilli. Pardon my French here, but I f—ing love soup. There’s nothing better for lunch on a cool fall day then a cup of hot soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. I’ve also been obsessed with roasted peppers as of late, and when I found red peppers on sale for 53 cents a pound, I knew a Roasted Red Pepper Soup was in order. Everyone—unless you’re my brother, Louis, who for some reason doesn’t like “warm liquids”—likes soup. For me, at least, creamy soups rank at the top of the list.  What most people don’t realize is that cream soups don’t actually have to have cream added to them—how about that, dieting naysayers? Any soup can go from a broth soup to a cream soup in a few short minutes. Simply puree the soup in batches with a blender—you know, the one you keep around just for making margaritas—and voila! You have a cream soup. Of course, you can still add a splash of cream or crème fraiche to the pureed soup if you’re feeling naughty. Top the soup with the chopped fresh herb of your choice, and you have a creamy masterpiece. This Roasted Red Pepper Soup is a great soup to start the fall with because it’s still reminiscent of summer. The roasted peppers make it rich and sweet, the crushed tomatoes bring some acid to the party, and a pinch of red pepper flake adds a pleasant warm heat. Throw away that box of roasted red pepper soup you got at Trader Joe’s and make this one from scratch. Your stomach will thank you. MORE

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