*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
                           PEPPER-AND-TOMATO SOUP
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 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Soups                            Vegetables
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    2       sm           Ancho chiles -- -ÿÿ
    1       t            Ground red chile (or more)
    3       tb           Olive or sunflower seed oil
    2       md           Red onions -- thinly sliced
    2                    Bay leaves
      1/8   ts           Ground cloves
      1/4   ts           Ground coriander
    5                    Parsley sprigs -- chopped
    4                    Garlic cloves
                         - peeled & coarsely chopped
    1       lb           Red peppers or pimientos
                         - thinly sliced
      1/2   lb           Chopped savoy -- -ÿÿ
                         -Smooth-Skinned Cabbage
    6       c            Water or stock
    1       lb           Very ripe tomatoes -- peeled,
                         -seeded and chopped
                         -(juice reserved)
                         Creme fraiche
                         Chopped cilantro
                         - for garnish
   REMOVE STEMS, SEEDS AND VEINS from ancho chiles, if using. Tear flesh into
   few large pieces, cover with 1 cup water in small saucepan and bring to
   boil. Simmer 20 minutes, then puree in blender. Heat oil in pan and add
   onions, bay leaves, cloves, coriander, parsley and garlic. Cook over medium
   heat several minutes until onions have begun to soften, then add salt,
   peppers and cabbage. Stir to combine and coat vegetables with oil. Add 1/2
   cup water or stock, cover pan and cook over low heat 10 minutes. When
   vegetables have wilted, stir in 1/4 cup pureed chiles or 1 to 2 teaspoons
   chile powder. Add tomatoes, their juice and remaining water or stock. Bring
   to boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer very slowly 30 minutes. When
   finished cooking, remove bay leaves and puree soup until completely
   blended. Return it to pan and season with salt, if needed. Add more chile
   if desired. Serve soup with swirl of creme fraiche and sprinkling of
   chopped cilantro.
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