Nov 11, 2016

Creamy Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Kale Soup



This is truly plant-based heaven in a bowl! If you’re a tomato soup fan, you will love this kicked-up version with the smoky flavor of roasted red peppers and the nutritional power of kale.

FALL. It’s finally here. The weather gods have been on drugs this year! I’m so happy to finally have some cool, crisp air… now all we need (desperately) is some RAIN. Please?

Are you as happy as I am that this crazy election is OVER? I’ve really never seen anything like it and also have never seen so much division of our country with regard to candidate support. It was intense. Still is, I guess, based on my Facebook visits. I wish we could all just come together and, instead of perpetuating all the hate, name calling and dissension, actually foster an attitude of unity and love. It is still our country after all. And we have more in common than in contrast. It’s time to get back to life and living without all the negativity. It’s not healthy. For anyone. That’s all I’m saying on the subject.

On another, MUCH happier note, Mountain Man and I finally did it! We are officially Mr. & Mrs. Yay! We had a very small and intimate ceremony atop a glorious mountain at our favorite spot on the Blue Ridge Parkway at sunrise. Yes, it was magical, delicious and ethereal. I hired a pro photographer and I guess it takes 4-6 weeks to get all the pictures back. Can’t wait. In the meantime, here are just a couple of photos…



Healthy trails,







Creamy Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Kale Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 bowls

A delicious and nutritious tomato soup... a.k.a. a bowl of comfort!


  • 20 oz. strained tomatoes (I used Pomi brand, my favorite)
  • 2 cups tightly-packed, chopped kale
  • 1 cup roasted red pepper (about 2 peppers)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup unsweetened, plant-based milk of your choice (I used soy)
  • 3 TBS nutritional yeast
  • 1 TBS balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp tamari or other low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup sherry or white wine (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients (except the sherry, if using) in a large pot and simmer, covered, for about 30 minutes.
  2. Add the sherry/wine and simmer another 10 minutes to cook off the alcohol.
  3. Serve! So easy.
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16 responses to “Creamy Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Kale Soup”

  1. stephanie casper says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! Many yrs of happiness ahead! gorgeous unique rings too!

    We also are lated married couple! 18 mo ago under the redwoods in our property! Dave was my veterinarian for 20 + yrs! Can’t wait for your following pics and this soup! yum!

  2. Sara says:

    WOW! Congratulations… what a beautiful photo and even more beautiful relationship. Thank you so much for sharing the uplifting news. AND a tomato soup without sugar? YESSSS please! What on earth possesses anyone to want to sweeten up a tomato, well, I just don’t know. Thank you, thank you, thank you, dear Helyn! Today’s post was almost too good to be true. We appreciate your sharing your blessings with us and words of wisdom regarding the post election shock and trauma. You are QUEEN for the day! xx

  3. Dru says:

    Congratulations! What a lovely setting and the rings are exquisite! Blessings to you and Mountain Man!


  4. Kelli says:

    Hi Helyn,
    I am so with you on the political stuff! I am so ready for our Country to get back to business! Oh my….there are so many good things for us to concentrate on! I wanted to congratulate you and your husband! Good for you guys! And, thank you for your beautiful and helpful website!

  5. Congratulations on your marriage! So exciting !
    Loving that soup recipe too!

  6. Gill says:

    What an uplifting story – words fail me – so beautiful! Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

    Now, back to the recipe – putting it on my menu list for this cold week ahead! xxx

  7. Margie says:

    Conratulations! Many happy mountain years ahead! I sure hope that the fires up that way haven’t bothered you all. Thanks for all your great recipes. I’m going to make your date sweetened pumkin pie tomorrow. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

    • helynskitchen says:

      Thank you, Margie!! We don’t have any fires in our county but do get LOTS of smoke depending on the direction of the wind…

      Enjoy the pie! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! xo

  8. Helen Faber says:

    Congratulations on your marriage! Can’t wait to see more pictures! I made your tomato soup today as I was yearning for some. Thanks for your great recipes and upbeat comments.



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