Roasted Red Pepper & Chickpea Soup

Author: kel15  //  Category: Authentic & Traditional Italian Recipes, Everyday Italian Recipes, Gourmet Italian Recipes, Healthy Italian Recipes, Italian Food Online, Side Dishes/Snacks, Soups

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This can be a truly basic soup that could possibly be changed in numerous ways. You could add some pancetta even though making the soup or as a garnish when serving, you could add some rice or smaller shaped pasta to the soup as it simmers, or you could ladle the soup over a slice of crusty grilled country bread rubbed with garlic. I’m attempting to keep my lunches light and healthy this spring, so I basically served the soup with a sprinkling of fresh herbs on top. I discovered the beans seriously added texture and created a soup that was hearty enough to maintain you satisfied on it’s own. The flavors within the soup truly strengthen as it sits, so it’s a fantastic soup the day just before you strategy to serve it and let it sit inside the refrigerator overnight. Simply reheat just before serving!

Serves 4

3 Medium Sized Red Peppers, Cleaned & Roasted (See Below)

1 Medium Onion, Peeled & Finely Diced

2 Carrots, Trimmed, Peeled & Finely Diced

2 Cloves Garlic, Peeled & Minced

2 Cans Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans – 15 Ounces Each) Drained

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

4 Cups Chicken Or Vegetable Broth

1 Tablespoon Honey

Pinch Red Pepper Flakes (Optional)

Salt & Pepper To Taste

To Garnish:

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Cracked Black Pepper

Fresh Chopped Oregano or Thyme

To roast the peppers, preheat the broiler to high. Cut the peppers into quarters lengthwise, removing the core, membranes & seeds. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lay the peppers cut side up on the baking sheet. Place under the broiler and cook until the skin is blistered and slightly blackened. Remove the peppers from the baking sheet and place in a plastic bag and let sit until cool enough to handle. At this time, the skin should easily slide off the peppers. Coarsely chop the peppers.

In a heavy sauce pan heat the oil and cook the onion, carrots, and garlic until softened. Add the roasted peppers, broth, one can of chickpeas, honey, roasted red pepper flakes (if using) salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook over low heat for 20 minutes. Taste, and adjust seasonings. Use a hand wand, or process the soup in batches in your food processor or blender, and puree until smooth. Add the remaining can of chickpeas, return the soup to the pot, and continue to cook for an additional 10 minutes.

Serve soup warm in individual bowls with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, a sprinkling of cracked black pepper, and a little chopped fresh herbs on leading.

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Roasted Tomato Tart With Olive Oil Crust

Author: kel15  //  Category: Authentic & Traditional Italian Recipes, Everyday Italian Recipes, Gourmet Italian Recipes, Healthy Italian Recipes, Italian Appetizers, Italian Food Online, Low Fat, Side Dishes/Snacks, Vegetarian

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I would recommend slow roasting big cherry tomatoes or plum tomatoes utilizing my Roasted Tomato recipe unless it’s a time of year whenever you have fresh seasonal tomatoes offered. Should you were creating this tart within the fall when you have access to terrific large, ripe beefsteak tomatoes for example, I’d merely slice them thinly and arrange them on leading of the ricotta filling in an overlapping pattern. Tomatoes like that don’t need roasting!

When it came to producing the crust for my tart, I initially thought I’d go crustless with just a sprinkle of breadcrumbs underneath but I had an olive oil pastry recipe from Colavita I’ve been meaning to attempt so I decided to make use of that. I have been doing my ideal to do lots of my baking with olive oil as opposed to with butter lately with somewhat mixed outcomes. This pastry had rave reviews although so I decided to make use of it for my tart and it turned out fantastic. It is possible to use any ricotta cheese you prefer, but homemade is actually most effective. Should you be stuck employing store brand ricotta, attempt draining it in a sieve over a bowl for a half an hour or so 1st to drain off any excess water initial. I appear to have odd shaped tart pans here in Italy, so I utilised a 12 X 8 inch rectangular pan, but a 12 inch round tart pan would work just fine. This tart is most effective served at room temperature when the flavors genuinely come together, so should you should refrigerate it, let it sit out at room temperature for at the very least 30 minutes to an hour just before you cut into it.

Serves 6 to 8

Olive Oil Pastry:

2/3 Cup Olive Oil

2 1/2 Cups All-purpose Flour

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder

1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano

1/2 Cup Ice Water

1 Egg

1 Tablespoon White Vinegar

Ricotta Filling:

1 1/2 Cups Ricotta Cheese

1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

2 Medium Eggs

Salt & Pepper

Topping:

Tomatoes of Choice – Either Oven Roasted Tomatoes or Sliced Ripe Beefsteak Tomatoes (See Note Above)

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper

To prepare the olive oil pastry, 1st place the olive oil inside the freezer until it really is almost frozen. Place the flour in a bowl and add the baking powder, salt, and dried oregano. In a cup, mix together the egg, vinegar and ice cold water. Once your oil is almost solid, cut it into your flour mixture until you have pea sized crumbs. Add the vinegar/egg liquid slowly, mixing it into the flour until the mixture comes together as a dough. As with any pastry, be careful not to over handle the dough. Dump the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll out thinly to fit inside your tart pan. There is enough dough to make a double crust pie, so wrap up the leftover dough and freeze it for another use. Lay your rolled sheet of dough into your tart pan, trimming the edges. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove your tart pan from the refrigerator and prick the bottom all over with the prongs of a fork. http://www.italiansrecipe.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/roasted-tomato-tart-with-olive-oil-crust-2.jpg

Once the oven has reached 350 degrees, bake the pastry for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven.

Mix together the ricotta, eggs, and grated Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper and spread this mixture evenly over the bottom of your tart pan. Arrange your tomatoes on leading, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with some salt and pepper and bake for about 30 to 35 minutes or until the ricotta filling has set, and the pastry is lightly browned. Cool to room temperature just before serving.

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