Cozy Potato Soup with Peppers and Olives – A Warm Delight











Dive into the warmth of this gluten-free and vegan-friendly Cozy Potato Soup with Peppers and Olives. Packed with flavor, it's perfect for any cozy evening!


Step 1: Preparing the Garlic and Potatoes

Begin your culinary journey by heating two tablespoons of olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Crush and mince a clove of garlic and sauté it in the oil until it becomes tender and fragrant, infusing the oil with its flavor. This base will give your soup a delightful depth of taste right from the start.
Pro Tip: Keep the heat moderate to avoid burning the garlic.

Step 2: Adding Potatoes and Seasoning

Into the fragrant oil and garlic, stir in the cubed potatoes, a sprinkle of oregano, and a generous pinch of salt to layer the flavors. The potatoes will begin to absorb the herbal aroma of oregan--a hint to the rich taste the soup will have once it's done.
Pro Tip: Ensure the potatoes are of a uniform size for even cooking.

Step 3: Boiling the Potatoes

After adding the potatoes and spices, pour in enough water (1.25 to 1.75 cups) to cover the mixture. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to let it simmer gently. As the potatoes cook, they begin to soften and meld with the garlic and herbs, turning the water into a flavorful broth. This step takes about 30 minutes. Patience is key here as the potatoes need to be perfectly tender for the next steps.
Pro Tip: Feel free to adjust the water amount depending on how thick you'd like your soup.

Step 4: Blending the Soup

Once the potatoes are tender, transfer them along with marinated peppers or pepper sauce and four olives into a blender. Pureeing these components together combines the textures and flavors into a smooth, creamy consistency. This blending process is the magical step where all ingredients unify to form the heartwarming soup.
Pro Tip: Reserve some water from the pan to adjust the soup’s thickness later.

Step 5: Final Touches and Garnish

Pour the pureed mixture back into the pot. If the soup appears too thick, stir in a bit of water or vegetable broth to reach your desired consistency. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper according to your preference. Simmer everything for another few minutes to meld the flavors further. Finally, ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with sliced olives for a burst of color and briny flavor.
Pro Tip: Serving the soup warm elevates its comforting qualities.