Yellow Pepper Soup


This soup keeps well, refrigerated, for up to two days; warm it and check seasoning before serving.


  • 4 medium leeks, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling

  • 6 yellow bell peppers (2 pounds), stemmed and seeded, cut into chunks

  • 6 large sprigs tarragon, plus more leaves for garnish

  • 2 ¾ cups homemade or low-sodium canned chicken stock, skimmed of fat

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

  • 1 large slice Italian bread, cut into ½-inch-by-3-inch pieces, toasted


  1. Place sliced leeks in a large bowl of cold water and let stand for 5 minutes to rid them of dirt and sand. Lift out of the water and drain in a colander. Set aside.

  2. In a small stockpot, heat oil over low heat. Add leeks and cook until wilted, about 10 minutes. Add peppers, tarragon, stock, and salt and pepper to taste. Raise heat to high; bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until peppers are very tender, about 20 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat and discard tarragon sprigs. Transfer soup to a food processor and puree. Pass puree through a fine strainer and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, if necessary. Divide soup among 4 bowls and place 2 of the toast pieces in each. Garnish with tarragon leaves and drizzle with olive oil, if desired. Serve immediately.

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