Roasted Red Pepper Potato Soup

Roasted red bell pepper soup with potato, garlic, onion, and red bell peppers.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4


  • 4 large red bell peppers
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and diced (about 1 1/2 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 quart chicken stock (or vegetable stock for vegetarian option)
  • 1/4 cup cream or milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Cayenne, salt and pepper to taste


1 Roast bell peppers until blackened all over: Roast the red bell peppers by placing them over or under an open flame until they blacken on all sides. (You can use a grill, cooktop gas burner, or oven broiler.) Place the blackened peppers in a bowl, cover the bowl with a plate, and let the peppers steam for 5 minutes, or until the skins feel like they can easily be slipped off. Remove the peppers from the bowl, peel off the blackened skins, remove the seeds. Chop the peppers roughly.

2 Sauté onions in butter: Heat the butter in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3 Add potatoes, garlic: Add the potatoes and cook another 1-2 minutes, then add the garlic and the chopped roasted peppers. Stir well and cook for 2 minutes.

4 Add stock, simmer:  Add the stock, stir well and bring to a simmer. Cook over medium heat until potatoes are soft, about 12 to 15 minutes.

5 Purée soup: Purée the soup in a blender or food processor until very smooth. Fill the blender about halfway with the soup. Start the blender on low and keep your hand on the top, in case the lid wants to pop off from the rising steam. Once everything is well chopped, turn the blender to its highest setting and blend until smooth, about 1 minute. You might need to do this in batches.

6 Add cream, seasonings: Return to a clean pot set over low heat. Add the cream, stir well and taste. Add some cayenne, salt and pepper to taste.

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  • Lisa

    I just made this! So good. I followed recipe, other than I used red onion, and unsweetened almond/coconut milk. I used some pepper flakes also, because I don’t have cayenne.
    I just got my first ever immersion blender, so that’s what I used. So much fun
    I will now search for other things I can make. I love all your recipes.


  • Samantha

    Easy to follow and delicious!


  • Kathy

    Sooo good! Everybody loved it. Thank you.


  • Susan

    Would coconut milk work?

  • Nik Rasula

    I just made it with left over red pepper pieces. Easy and wonderful! Added some two celery stalks to the onions for added depth. Also used an immersion blender to puree (easier clean up.)
    Five stars


  • Mocha

    Everybody loved it. Seasoned with pimentón (Spanish smoked paprika)


  • Carlie

    Delicious. This is the second time I have made it this week. Thanks added it to my favourites.


  • Terri Kosinski

    I love making this delicious soup and I thank you Elise for all your great recipes.


  • JF

    The lactose intolerant couple could use Lactaid tablets or use Lactaid milk. Works well for my very intolerant 33 year old son. Of course they could also use soy milk or almond milk but it wouldn’t give quite the same taste or mouth feel.

  • pat

    I have made a soup similar to this one, for extra protein just add 1 can of white beans (rinsed and drained)

  • Siobhan Troyer

    Made this with four medium potatoes, two bell peppers, & one very fiery habanero; served it iced with chive garnish … a delicious spin on the original formula.

  • vanessa

    Great soup. I used small amount of coconut oil and water to fry and coconut cream to completely veganise it and added a sweet potato to make it a healthier option with extra nutrition. Will be making again.


  • TDotDude

    Another winner from Simplyrecipes! This soup was a huge hit at my Christmas dinner.

  • Tim

    Very nice recipe, I added more broth than suggested, thus would recommend more potatoe to thicken up. Was still, very much a ‘hit’. I added feta cheese and green onion to the bowl to add a nice crunch and a salty texture to the soup. We’ll be doing it again !

    • Elise Bauer

      I’m so glad you liked the soup Tim! Great idea to add some feta and green onion.

  • Janet Edwards

    I had a bunch of cut up red peppers strips left over from a party , so skipped the roasting step altogether and just added them with the onions.
    After blending, the skins were not noticeable and the soup was fine.


  • Pam

    This soup is fantastic. I used 4 orange peppers and added cumin, coriander and a dash of ground cloves as well as the cayenne.

  • Veronica

    Full fat coconut milk is the substitute I use for cream when being dairy free. I like it with the red peppers a lot.

  • Tom C

    Made this soup tonight–it was delicious. I was feeling lazy so I tried a shortcut: roasted the peppers in a 425 oven for 30 min, then put them in the soup pot while the broth was cooking. I did not remove the pepper skins, which were not blackened. The immersion blender took care of the skins just fine. Used only 1 1/2 cups low sodium broth (to help make a thicker soup), 1/4 tsp Lite Salt, and 1 full tsp of Trader Joe’s Chili Pepper sauce. Yum, yum, yum! The sweetness from the bell peppers nicely balances the heat from the chili peppers.

  • Cindy

    My husband and I are lactose-intolerant. Do you think the cream is critical? If so, any recommended lactose-free substitutes?

    You can make it without the milk, cream, or butter. Sauté the onions in olive oil instead. The resulting soup without the milk or cream won’t be as creamy, but it should still be good. ~Elise

  • Lady Amalthea

    I had already-diced peppers, so I roasted them on a pan. Not quite as delicious as if I’d roasted them whole, but, since we pureed the whole thing, it came out very well!

    Here’s my version:

  • Susie - Diet Tech

    My daughter-in-law Noelle, and I, recently made this soup and it was very yummy. We modified it – like many people do when they cook.
    Our big modification was we did not puree.
    It was tasty indeed but had a more hearty texture. It looked very similar to picture and every bit was consumed. Tasty and extraordinaire!

  • Sunny

    I’ve made this recipe several times this summer with fresh Italian sweet peppers from the farmer’s market, and it has been spectacular. Sometimes, I grated a little fresh parmesan on each bowl. I’m disappointed that pepper season is over here–I could eat it every week. Thanks for a great recipe!

  • Flo

    LOVE THIS SOUP. I am a beginner at cooking and I tried this recipe on my guests. EASY to make and a GUARANTEED winner. GREAT FLAVOR too!!!

  • lisa

    This is so good. I want to eat the entire thing by myself. If you put chili pepper in it, and ground pepper, it is amazing. You can’t even taste the starch!

  • Joanne

    I tried this recipe twice, one with regular potatos, the next with sweet potatos. The sweet potatos were a nice touch. I think they may be a good substitution for those who do not like the starchiness of regular potatos.

  • thayalini

    Very nice soup. Everybody liked in my family.

  • Sarah

    Can this recipee be made with Lactose-free milk and still turn out well? Thanks!

    No idea. If you try it, please let us know how it turns out. ~Elise

  • Brittany

    I made this soup last night. I used 3 large red bell peppers, 2 potatoes, low fat milk, vegetable stock, and margarine instead of butter. It is delicious and looks just like the picture!

  • Jennifer

    I made this tonight and it was marvelous…despite a little mishap with the blender. I love spicy food, so I loved the option to add a little more *kick* with more cayenne pepper!

  • Lisa O

    A good and simple basic recipe that can be altered to suit personal taste. It’s very good alone but also makes a good base for added ingredients. When I was really hungry I added leftover rice and mixed vegetables to make it chunky and filling.

  • Barb Sanders

    Great recipe…so easy and the soup tasted wonderful. also a bonus to be eating something very healthy.
    I have sent it to many friends….thanks!!

  • stanley

    Quite tasty. The bell peppers in the garden were looking unhealthy, so I substituted with a mix of Anaheims and Jalapeños and it worked quite well (at least, from my perspective).

  • abbey

    I’ve got a recipe for a soup similar to this, but the trick I’ve used to make it “creamy” without actual cream or milk (for those who have dairy issues, like me) is to add a can of white beans (I usually use Great Northern) near the end of the cooking. When you whiz it up in the blender, the beans add a creaminess and smoothness to the texture that is fantastic, and is great for you (less fat, more protein)!