Yield: Yields about 5-3/4 cups.
Servings: five to six.
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Coat the pepper with 1/2 tsp. of the oil. Roast directly on the grate of a gas burner over high heat or under a broiler, turning the pepper occasionally until charred all over. Put the pepper in a bowl while still hot and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let rest until cool enough to handle. Stem, seed, and peel the pepper, using a table knife to scrape away the charred skin. Coarsely chop the pepper and set aside.
In a nonreactive 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven, heat the remaining 3 Tbs. oil over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until just soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir the chili powder, cumin, and coriander into the onions. Add the roasted pepper and cook for another minute. Add the broth and tomatoes and bring to a simmer over mediumhigh heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 40 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine the sour cream, lime juice, and lime zest in a small bowl.
Season the soup to taste with salt and pepper. Serve garnished with the lime sour cream and the cilantro leaves.
Make Ahead Tips
This soup stores beautifully and tastes better the second day. You can keep it in the refrigerator as long as you bring it to a boil every two days. Or you can stash it in the freezer for up to three months.
Be sure to purée in small batches and crack the blender lid slightly (or remove the center cap from the lid). Steam can build up once you start blending, and if the lid is on tight or the blender is overfilled, it will spray hot soup all over you and your kitchen. For protection, cover the top with a dishtowel while puréeing.
I've been making this for a few years now and don't know why I have never left a review. This is really good! It hits the spot. Just the right amount of spice and the sour cream/lime drizzle on top really pulls it all together.
this soup is excellent. i always make the classic tomato soup, but this one has a little more 'kick' to it and would be a great choice to serve at a dinner party!
This soup is Fantastic. Made this recipe exactly as written but I used my immersion blender. The lime sour cream and cilantro put this over the top. I loved the classic tomato soup recipe from this same issue...but this one is even better. Great flavors and very easy. Linda
Outstanding soup. With it and a roll it made a great dinner on a cold winter night. It is outstanding. It is a bunch easier to make if you have a hand blender that you can dip into the soup. That makes it a piece of cake (and a bowl of soup).Next time we are going to double it so we can freeze another meal. This recipe fed two of us with enough leftover to make a nice lunch for one of us.
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