Bell pepper soup with couscous

When you’re trying to live healthy there’s a great way to give yourself some extra vegetables: Soup! You can make it from almost anything, just whatever you have leftover in your fridge. This soup made from bell peppers I found on but I added extra veggies. You can eat it as dinner but it’s also great for lunch. You can also freeze it without any issues. Here’s what you’ll need:

3 red bell peppers
1 onion
2 bouillon cubes (for 2 liters)
100 gram dried apricots
100 gram couscous (I myself used a mixture of couscous and bulgur that’s precooked)

These are the base ingredients. For the rest you can just add whatever you have leftover in your fridge. I used:
1 leek
1/2 courgette
3 tomatoes

TIP: If you’d like some meat, you can add little meatballs or some salami cut into small pieces.

Start by peeling the tomatoes. Heat water till it’s boiling and carefully add the tomatoes till you can see their skin starting to crack. This will only take 10 seconds or so. Take them out and then take off the peel. Then cut them in 4 pieces, take out the seeds and cut them a bit smaller. I don’t think it’s strictly necessary to do all this since you’ll be using the blender (Dutch: staafmixer) anyway, but I’ve always been a bit picky when it comes to bits and pieces in my food.

Then it’s time to cut the rest of the vegetables. Don’t worry too much about the size, it doesn’t matter in the end. If you’re good at cutting you can already start to fry the onion while cutting the rest, but I’m always pretty slow so I usually cut everything first before starting to cook to not feel rushed.

Heat a soup pan, add some oil and fry the onions and the leek till they’re soft and a bit glassy. This will take about 5 minutes, don’t forget to stir.

Then add the rest of the vegetables, except the tomatoes. Fry them for about 5 minutes as well while stirring in the mixture every once in a while.

Add water till the everything is just under and wait till it’s boiling. Then add the bouillon cubes and let it boil for about 15 minutes.
While waiting you can cook the couscous according to the directions on the package.

When everything is cooked you turn off the fire and blender the soup till it’s smooth. If you feel like it’s too thick you can add some extra water. Taste it and if necessary, add some salt, pepper, or another bouillon cube.

Add the couscous to the soup and serve with some bread. Enjoy!

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