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Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Florentine Soup with Mini-Ravioli
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Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Florentine Soup with Mini-Ravioli

I’m not one of those people that can ignore hunger pains. I get super cranky when my tummy is growling and can’t concentrate. So whenever I end up working late, I take a short break and head over to the Au Bon Pain in the hospital to buy dinner. My intention is always to get a healthy salad, but it almost never happens. When I’m tired and wishing I could have left work hours ago, I crave comfort food, which for me, is a nice big bowl of creamy broccoli and cheddar soup and a piece of focaccia!

It was dreary and drizzling all week and I knew I wanted to make a nice big pot of comforting soup to enjoy. This recipe was inspired by a recent trip to Trader Joe’s where I found a package of super cute mini-ravioli. I always find some amazing new ingredient there!  All the fresh veggies really brighten up this soup and the mini-ravioli and cream make it very filling. I rarely cook with cream, but I had some left over from the ganache I made earlier, and didn’t want it to go to waste. I noticed Cara uses low fat cottage cheese to make her asparagus soup super creamy, so I’m definitely going to try that next time!

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Florentine Soup with Mini-Ravioli
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Ingredients:
4 vine-ripened tomatoes, cut in half
4 red peppers, cut into fourths
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 leeks, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups chicken stock
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups Trader Joe’s mini-ravioli
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 cups (4 ounces) fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

Directions:
Preheat the broiler. Place sliced tomatoes and red peppers on a large cookie sheet and drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Toss the veggies to make sure they are evenly coated with the oil and broil for 5 to 8 minutes, turning once, or until blackened. Discard any extra liquid, peel the veggies, and let cool.

Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat in a large stockpot and sauté chopped leeks for 5 to 7 minutes or until soft. Add garlic and sauté one additional minute.

Place roasted tomatoes, red peppers, and sauted leeks in a food processor and pulse until well blended. Pour blended veggies back into stockpot and add chicken stock and salt. Bring the soup to a boil and add mini-ravioli. Boil for 15 minutes or until mini-ravioli are tender. Add cream and spinach and stir until spinach has wilted. Makes 6 servings. Garnish with feta cheese.

Nutrition: 403 calories, 19.9g fat, 5.0g fiber, 15.6g protein per serving
Cost: $2.20 per serving

23 Responses to Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Florentine Soup with Mini-Ravioli

  1. Love roasted red peppers, and this soup must have such vibrant flavor. It looks so comforting and delicious. I love the idea of the mini raviolis paired with it!

  2. This looks so good!! I love roasted red peppers and mini-ravioli sound so cute – I will look for them this weekend at TJs. I have been making a lot of soups lately. I swear we think alike because first, I have a post for tomato florentine-ish soup scheduled for Monday – and it’s similar to a soup I get at the hospital across from my lab! Second, my post from this morning uses Cara’s cottage cheese trick. And third, I used feta to garnish your delicious black bean soup earlier this week! :)

  3. Mmmm, such a gorgeous soup, exploding with incredible flavors!!

    I love Trader Joe’s! They have the most tempting goodies – I will definitely look for the ravioli next time I’m there! Thank you for introducing me to them – they look too adorable! :-)

  4. I’ve seen those mini ravioli but have never bought them because I wasn’t sure what to make with them. Now I know to make soup! This looks delicious.

  5. I definitely get cranky when I get hungry. Cranky, crabby, whiny…same as when I’m tired, or cold…no, I’m not high maintenance :)

  6. I’m not the world’s biggest tomato soup fan but this looks great! Between the ravioli, roasted peppers, and the feta, I would love this version for sure!

  7. yup, hunger pains is a PAIN! it’s not good to ignore them, and that ravioli soup seems the perfect way to remedy that! gosh, what a lovely, deep color, and so flavorful with the extra feta cheese on top!

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