Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

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When I think of Spanish food, I think of pimentón (smoked paprika) and saffron. I’m lucky to always have a pretty good stock of both because my uncle lives in Madrid. Every time he comes back to the States, he always has a new tin of pimentón and a case of saffron for me as saffron is infinitely cheaper in Spain. During my week of finals, about a month ago, I had a roasted red pepper, tomato, and saffron soup at Flour Bakery. It was unbelievable. If you are ever in Boston, I highly recommend a stop at one of their four locations in the city. Their desserts are unreal and feature a daily supply of homemade Oreos, Boston cream pie, and their famous banana bread. In addition, this bakery serves the seltzer from which I adapted my raspberry lime seltzer. Because I know saffron is expensive and not accessible to many people, I chose to add pimentón to this roasted red pepper and tomato soup to add a Spanish flair. I think it’s equally as good. Serve it with a thick slice of white crusty bread.

The Bite: If you ate this soup everyday for several months straight, I guarantee that your teeth would take on a pale shade of orange. If you want your teeth to stay as “white” as possible, you really should avoid all deeply pigmented foods and drinks. However, this is pretty unreasonable to ask someone, especially if it’s something I wouldn’t do even as a future dentist. If you are looking to whiten your teeth, there are several options on the market: whitening toothpastes, over-the-counter whitening strips and gels, whitening rinses, tray-based tooth whiteners, and in-office whitening. It’s important to know that each of these methods is slightly different and has varying time frames and effectiveness for visible improvement. To determine which method is best for you, you should really talk your dentist. Today we’ll cover whitening toothpastes, and over the next four posts we’ll cover the other options. In general, toothpaste contains mild abrasives which help to remove surface stains and build up on your teeth. In addition to these surface abrasives, whitening toothpastes have either mild polishing or chemical agents that  allow for additional stain removal. It’s important to note that only surface stains can be removed with whitening toothpastes as the product does not containing a bleaching agent. Realistically, this toothpaste can whiten your teeth only by about one shade, so this method should be used if only mild improvements are desired. Please make sure that whichever kind of toothpaste you buy, whitening or not, the product has fluoride, as fluoride is essential to remineralize and protect your teeth.

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Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

Yield: 4 generous servings

Ingredient

3 cloves of garlic, peeled
1 red bell pepper
3 vine-ripe tomatoes
1/2 onion, quartered
1/4 cup olive oil
28 oz canned plum tomatoes
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 cups vegetable broth
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon pimentón

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Seed the red bell pepper and tomatoes. Chop into large chunks. Toss the garlic cloves, pepper, tomatoes, and onion in olive oil and roast for 40-45 minutes on a rimmed baking sheet, until the tomatoes start to blister and slightly brown. In a medium saucepan, add the roasted vegetables (as well as all of the oil) and the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Lower the heat so that the soup simmering, and cook for 10 minutes. Let cool slightly and blend in batches in either a food processor or a blender. If the soup is too thick for your liking, return it to the saucepan and thin with vegetable broth until the desired consistency is reached.

Source: adapted from Minimalist Baker

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