Romesco Soup

December 2, 2013

Romesco Soup

Wednesday (Back at work after the Holiday weekend) Blues? Spice it up with some warm reds! This delicious Spanish soup is a variation on your usual tomato. Enjoy!


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • About 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot Spanish or Hungarian paprika, or regular sweet paprika
  • 1/2 cup hulled red lentils, sorted to remove debris and rinsed
  • 3 jars (12 oz. each) roasted red peppers, drained and rinsed of any charred bits
  • 1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • About 1 1/3 cups chicken or vegetable broth or water
  • 2/3 cup nonfat dry milk
  • About 1 tbsp. good-quality red-wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • Roasted almond oil or extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling (optional)


  1. Warm olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and 1/2 tsp. salt and stir to combine. Cover, reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are very soft, 5 to 10 minutes; reduce heat, if necessary, to keep onions from browning.
  2. Add garlic and cook, uncovered, until soft, about 3 minutes. Stir in paprika and cook 1 minute. Add lentils, peppers, tomatoes, and 1 1/3 cups broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to maintain a steady simmer, cover, and cook until lentils are extremely soft, about 30 minutes.
  3. In 3 batches, whirl soup in a blender until very smooth, at least 3 minutes per batch. Add dry milk and vinegar to the last batch. Stir together and season with salt and vinegar to taste; add a little more broth if soup seems too thick.
  4. Serve topped with a sprinkle of almonds and a drizzle of almond oil if you like.

Molly Watson, Sunset

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