Doh try that! I can hear my Caribbean people screaming “that is not we kinda soup”! As we’ve discussed in the past, soups on the islands are tick, heavy and generally full of body (like what most non-Caribbean consider to be hearty stews). But let me assure you that this soup is quite filling and very comforting. You’ll notice that the ingredients are what we use daily throughout the Caribbean and yuh know we love ah coconut milk! Tip: If you roast the vegetables on a grill or open fire, you’ll get a lovely overall flavor.
5 Large tomatoes
1 medium onion
2 bell peppers
Pinch sea salt + 2 tablespoon olive oil + 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 sprigs thyme
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika (hot – smoked pimenton)
2 cloves garlic
1 can coconut milk (about 1 1/4 cups)
1 cup water (see note below)
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Notes: add vegetable or chicken stock instead of the water – add more liquid if it’s too thick. Add a pinch of curry at the start if you want a bit more flavor. You can do this recipe fully gluten free, just pay attention to the coconut milk (if it’s from a can and have additives, as well as any stock you choose to use)
Remove the stems and woody area at the top of the tomatoes and cut into wedges. Give the onion and bell peppers a rough chop as well. Drizzle on the olive oil, salt and black pepper. Toss well and set (on a baking tray) in a pre heated 400 F oven for 35-40 mins.
As the roasted vegetables cools a bit, add the olive oil (or use coconut oil) to your soup pot on a medium heat. Now go in with the chopped scallions, parsley, garlic and thyme. Reduce the heat to low and gently cook for 3 mins. Add the black pepper and Pimenton and cook (on low) for another 2-3 minutes.
Turn the heat up to medium and add everything (including any juices) from the baking tray. Stir well.
Add all the other ingredients and bring to a boil (turn up the heat), then reduce to a simmer and let it go for about 35 minutes. Stir often.
Use a stick blender to pulse the soup at this point.. you can go smooth or I like pulsing to leave it a bit chunky. You can also pour it into a stand blender.. but be mindful that you’re dealing with HOT stuff.
Bring back to a boil and get ready to serve. IMPORTANT! I used water as my liquid, so if using veg or chicken stock, don’t add any salt until the end as most stocks are usually loaded with sodium.
QUITE comforting when you want a soup full of flavors and not overly heavy. A couple slices of your favorite bread and you’re golden! Store in the fridge and reheat on a very low heat if you have leftovers.