How to make it

  • This first step of roasting the peppers can be done as far as a day in advance.
  • Preheat oven to 390 fahrenheit.
  • Lightly coat peppers in oil and place in an oven proof dish.
  • Roast peppers 12 minutes turn and cook a further 12 minutes, roast like this until skin is blistered on all sides.
  • Remove them from the oven and transfer to a large bowl and wrap tightly with cling wrap and allow to stand for at least half an hour.
  • Once the peppers are cool, peel and seed them discarding both skin and seed and keeping the flesh, this can be a little frustrating, cleaning them under running water will make it less frustrating but will also wash away some of the flavour.
  • Soften onions in a little olive oil in a med-large pot over medium-high heat.
  • Once onion starts to soften add the garlic and chillies and cook a further 3 minutes.
  • Add the peppers and brown sugar and continue to cook a further 3 minutes.
  • Add a good splash of wine and turn up the heat to help evaporate the alcohol and cook for another couple minutes and add the water, stock and bay leaves.
  • Bring to the boil and reduce to simmer for 30-40 minutes.
  • To a food processor or blender add the parsley, 1/4 cup of olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper and puree until smooth and green.
  • Once the soup has cooked blend with a stick blender until smooth (be careful not to splash as the soup will be very hot).
  • If the soup is too thick add a little more stock or water.
  • Taste for seasoning and set aside to keep warm.
  • Sautee the shitakes over high heat in a liberal pour of extra virgin olive oil until golden and crispy, approx 5- 10 minutes and season with salt and pepper.
  • Drain briefly on paper towel.
  • Serve the soup with the mushrooms scattered over and pour the parsley oil over that
  • As mentioned the chillies in this recipe are optional as there is plenty of flavour as it is but if you like the extra little kick like I do, please add..
  • Pinot Grigio would go well .
  • Crusty bread is a good choice with a dish of herbed oil by each plate.

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    " It was excellent "
    trigger ate it and said...
    Oh wow this looks great and to me roasted peppers rock. Love those sautéed mushrooms!
    So this is an easy high five from me.
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    " It was excellent "
    lanacountry ate it and said...
    Nother 555555 :)
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    " It was excellent "
    cookingforfun ate it and said...
    This one is an easy 5. Thanks for sharing.
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    " It was excellent "
    momo_55grandma ate it and said...
    Great recipeJM. love. it thanks high5
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    " It was excellent "
    chefmeow ate it and said...
    This sounds really good. I'm on a soup kick right now and this one sounds fabulous. Thanks my friend and a high 5.
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    " It was excellent "
    juels ate it and said...
    Beautiful and simply perfect, Joymarie!
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