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New Orleans Corn & Roasted Bell Pepper Soup (Vegan Maque Choux)

Posted in Favourites, Mains (Vegetarian) by Janet M on May 31, 2014

New Orleans Corn & Roasted Bell Pepper Soup (Vegan Maque Choux)

Before you start to think this will be a smoked paprika free household, have no fear. I am pretty sure Rob will let me replenish prior to moving back to Canada.

It is a bit of a race, now. Rob has made it his own personal goal to munch through our food stocks…. so, if I wait too long, my food may disappear. Use those roasted red peppers in the pantry! The roasted corn in the freezer! The last of the soy curls! (I actually had planned to use some small flageolet beans I had frozen but could not get them to thaw out of the container fast enough….)

New Orleans Corn & Roasted Bell Pepper Soup (Vegan Maque Choux)

Reminiscent of my Sweet Pepper Coconut Corn Chowder, I loved how this one was virtually bursting with vegetables. Coconut milk would make this a thick and luscious soup. This version was inspired by one of my favourite cookbooks this year, Soup’s On!, since it is packed with quick and healthy meals. Mark’s inspiration was New Orleans’ Maque Choux, a Cajun-inspired corn soup.

I loved it. Simply delicious. I worked with what we had lying around and it made a light, summery bowl of vegetable soup.

New Orleans Corn & Roasted Bell Pepper Soup (Vegan Maque Choux)

Do you like soups in the summer as well?

PS. I am sharing this with Souper Sundays.

New Orleans Corn & Roasted Bell Pepper Soup (Vegan Maque Choux)
Adapted from 30 Minute Vegan’s Soup’s On!

1 tbsp coconut oil, or oil of choice
1 small onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 dried Ancho chile, deseeded and chopped
5 cups vegetable broth
28 oz can fire roasted whole tomatoes (chopped) with juices
1 cup roasted red peppers, chopped (I used a can of 12 oz can of Fire Roasted Bell Peppers from Trader Joe’s including the liquid)
1 tbsp smoked paprika
2 tsp dried (Mexican) oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
1 cup chopped zucchini
4 oz dry soy curls (1/2 package)
2 cups (frozen, roasted) corn
2 cups unsweetened soy milk
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1. In a large soup pot over medium heat, heat oil. Once hot, add onion and saute until golden brown, around 5 minutes. Sprinkle with a dash of salt and add garlic and dried chile, cooking 1 minute more until lightly brown.

2. Deglaze with the vegetable broth. Stir in the roasted red peppers, smoked paprika, oregano, thyme, zucchini and dry soy curls. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Stir in the corn and cook 8 minutes more, until the vegetables have cooked through.

4. Remove the bay leaf. Stir in the soy milk and cilantro.

Serves 4.

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  1. Rob said, on May 31, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Ba ha ha!!! Yesterday I finished off the frozen peas, two cans of beans and a big can of tomatoes! High five!!

  2. Eileen said, on May 31, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    I like soups all the time, summer or not! We just had a huge pot of black bean chili the other day, for instance. :) This soup sounds amazing–I love all the deep, rich flavors!

  3. Ellen Lederman said, on May 31, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    What a great way to use (up) soy curls! I’ve never noticed canned peppers at TJ’s—will be on the lookout! So you think coconut milk is a better choice, even though you used soy?

    • janet @ the taste space said, on June 2, 2014 at 10:41 AM

      I think coconut milk would give it a richer consistency that would be nice, but if you only have soy, that’s fine too.

  4. Johanna GGG said, on June 1, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    I couldn’t imagine living without smoked paprika now – but I could imagine tucking into a bowlful of this soup and feeling very very happy

  5. Joanne said, on June 4, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    A life without smoked paprika would be a sad life. But good for you guys for cleaning out your pantry!! This soup looks so deliciously flavorful and I’m with you – love all the veggies!

  6. Deb in Hawaii said, on June 8, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    I love a nice chowdery bowl of vegan soup! ;-) And bring on the smoked paprika. (You’d have to pry mine and my cumin out of my hands, I couldn’t go without them for any length of time!) Thanks for sharing with Souper Sundays this week.


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