Chilled Sweet Red Pepper Soup

  • Yield: 4 servings


1/2cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
3large red bell peppers, seeded and sliced
1cup chopped leeks, white part only
1 1/2cups chicken broth
3cups buttermilk
1/8teaspoon white pepper
-- chopped fresh chives


  1.  Melt butter in a large saucepan.  Add bell peppers, leeks, and broth.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer covered 30 minutes, or until vegetables are tenter, stirring occasionally.  Transfer mixture to a blender or food processor.  Process until smoth, stopping once to scrape down the sides.  Strain.  (Should be 3 cups liquid.)  Combine liquid, buttermilk, and white pepper in a large bowl.  Cover and chill at least 2 hours.  Sprinkle with chives when ready to serve.

Recipe reprinted with permission from the Junior League of Houston’s Stop and Smell the Rosemary (Junior League of Houston Inc., 1996).