Turkish Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

BY : PUBLISHED : May 10th, 2022

Simple, light, and satisfying Turkish roasted red pepper and tomato soup is designed for cold, post-holiday evenings when you’ve had your fill of heavy meals and serious eating, but also want something warming and filling.

completed Turkish Tomato, Bulgur, and Red Pepper Soup in a bowl against a white surface

The flavors of roasted red peppers and tomatoes create a great-tasting soup everyone will love. And you will love how easy it is to prepare. If you enjoy the flavors in this recipe you might also enjoy this simple pasta recipe and a tasty baked ratatouille.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Great flavor. Fresh mint makes the roasted red pepper tomato soup combination a little different from other roasted red pepper soups.
  • Hearty and delicious. This easy tomato soup recipe is satisfying enough for a main meal.
  • Quick and easy. The entire cooking portion of this recipe requires only 30 minutes to prepare!

What Goes Into This Recipe

This vegan roasted red pepper soup is prepared with simple, wholesome ingredients you can find in most grocery stores.

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  • Bulgur wheat: A form of cracked wheat that is prepared by soaking rather than cooking. If you can’t find it in your local grocery store, check specialty health food stores nearby or order online. You can also use it to make these protein-packed black bean patties.
  • Red peppers: The recipe uses a combination of fresh red bell peppers and canned or jarred roasted peppers. This combination creates more flavors and textures in the soup.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil: Or any other neutral oil.
  • Onion: A simple aromatics adding a layer of flavor underneath all the others going on.
  • Fresh mint: The fresh mint gives the soup a floral kick. Chop up some extra to use as a garnish on the top.
  • Diced tomatoes: Canned tomatoes are an easy pantry staple perfect for making soups. In this soup, they add some acid to balance the flavors of the other ingredients. You can also use canned fire-roasted tomatoes as well.
  • Vegetable broth: Adds more depth to the soup than plain old water.
  • Paprika, gochugaru or sriracha: Definitely not required but they make an excellent garnish for the soup. If you have it, gochugaru is my top choice!

How to Make Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

  • 1) Place the bulgur in a bowl and cover with hot water, about a quart of water should do it. Leave it to soak for one hour. After soaking, drain well and set aside.
process shot of bulgar in hot water against a white surface
  • 2) Start the soup while the bulgur is soaking.
  • 3) Dump the jar of peppers in a blender and puree until smooth. 
  • 4) Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat, and add the onions and fresh red pepper. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until soft stirring occasionally. 
  • 5) Add the mint, tomatoes, pureed roasted peppers, and stock to the pot. Heat until it boils. Then lower the heat, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • 6) After cooking, add the drained bulgur and stir everything together. 
  • 7) Cook for 5 to 10 minutes longer or until the bulgur has swollen and thickened the soup. 
  • 8) Add salt and pepper to taste before serving up. Ladle it into bowls and garnish with the mint and a sprinkling of paprika.

Expert Tips and FAQs

  • Soaking the bulgur instead of cooking leaves the bulgur with more texture meaning it won't get too mushy when added to the cooked soup.
  • Serve the top of your roasted pepper and tomato soup with a sprinkle of gochugaru for that fabulous finishing touch of flavor.
completed Turkish Tomato, Bulgur, and Red Pepper Soup in a bowl against a white surface with herbs and extra soup in the background

What to Serve with Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Soup?

The beauty of this vegan soup is that it works great as a main dish but also as a side dish. Here are some ideas of what to serve with it to turn it into a complete meal!

When serving it as a starter or side dish, it goes great with so many different meals!

What can you use roasted red peppers for?

The unique flavors of sweet roasted peppers are perfect for adding to pasta dishes, soups, blending into dressings, and mixing with other vegetables. It's also quite tasty when blended into hummus and adds its special flavors to vegan chili.

Can I make roasted red pepper soup in advance?

Yes, it works perfectly to make in advance. Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days or in the freezer up to 3 months. The soup will thicken when stored so when reheating you may need to add a bit more vegetable broth or water to thin it out.

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completed Turkish Tomato, Bulgur, and Red Pepper Soup in a bowl against a white surface

Turkish Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

Stefan
Simple, light, and satisfying, this vegan roasted red pepper soup with Turkish flavors is perfect for cold, post-holiday evenings, when you want something lighter yet warming and filling. The red peppers add depth, the tomatoes a touch of acid brightness, and the mint a floral kick. 
5 from 33 votes
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6 servings
Calories 172 kcal
METHOD Stovetop
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup of dry bulgur wheat
  • 12 ounces of roasted red peppers
  • 2 Tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion minced
  • 1 red bell pepper minced
  • 2 Tablespoons of fresh mint chopped
  • 14.5 ounces of diced tomatoes drained
  • 2 quarts of rich vegetable broth
  • chopped mint and paprika (or gochugaru, if you have it, or sriracha), to garnish

Instructions
 

  • Put the bulgur in a bowl and cover with hot water. (Around a quart of water should do it.) Let soak for one hour, then drain well and set aside.
  • While the bulgur is soaking, dump the jar of peppers in a blender and puree until smooth.
  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat, add the onions and fresh red pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, between 8 to 10 minutes. Add the mint, tomatoes, pureed roasted peppers, and stock, bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add the drained bulgur and stir combine. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes, until the bulgur has swollen and thickened the soup. Season with salt and pepper, ladle into bowls and garnish with the mint and a sprinkling of paprika.

Notes

  • Soaking the bulgur instead of cooking leaves the bulgur with more texture meaning it won't get too mushy when added to the cooked soup.
  • Serve with a sprinkle of gochugaru for that fabulous finishing touch of flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 172kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 4gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 2142mgPotassium: 385mgFiber: 6gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1741IUVitamin C: 60mgCalcium: 62mgIron: 2mg
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  1. Amanda says

    5 stars
    Looks so good and hearty!

  2. Genevieve says

    5 stars
    This soup was easy to make, hearty, and yet light and refreshing! It also gave me an excuse to use up those tomatoes sitting on my counter!

    • Andrea White says

      Definitely a great way to use up your tomatoes!

  3. Gina H. says

    5 stars
    What a unique and delicious soup! The color is so appealing!

  4. Teodora says

    5 stars
    Perfect combo, I really love it!

  5. Addie says

    5 stars
    This soup is so hearty and flavorful! I love the unique combo of flavors. Yum!

  6. Tina says

    5 stars
    This soup sounds amazing! Can’t wait to try!

    • Andrea White says

      It's full of bold flavors! Let us know what you think!

  7. Jill says

    5 stars
    Just loved the flavors and textures of this turkish roasted red pepper soup with the bulgar and tomato. So hearty and delicious!

    • Andrea White says

      Agreed! So bold and delicious!

  8. Andrea White says

    5 stars
    My kind of soup! So flavorful and delicious!

  9. Marcellina says

    5 stars
    I love the flavours in this soup but I can’t easily buy bulgur wheat in my area. What can I sub instead?

    • Andrea White says

      Your favorite grain (like rice, quinoa, or couscous) should still do the trick! You'll just have to adjust as needed depending on how long your sub takes to make and water retention.

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