Chilled Corn and Red Pepper Soup

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Editor's Note: When was the last time you had soup in the middle of summer? With this delicious Chilled Corn and Red Pepper Soup, you can definitely enjoy soup all year-round! Just make this easy chilled soup recipe the night before you plan to serve it, and you're set. The recipe is loaded with an assortment of vegetables and fresh herbs, so you just might get most of the ingredients right from your own backyard. This soup recipe is perfect for those hot summer nights when you don't really feel like cooking dinner. All you need to do is serve this soup with fresh-baked bread and a fruit salad, and your meal is ready to eat!

This colorful soup has no added fat, so indulge in a second bowl without guilt.

To cut corn kernels from cobs, stand ears on end and cut straight down using a small sharp knife. Fresh corn, which is now readily available year-round, is preferred in this recipe. You can use frozen corn in a pinch, but the taste may not be as sweet so add an extra pinch of sugar to taste, if needed.




Total Timehalf-day

Make Ahead RecipeYes

OccasionBuffet, Buffet Meal, Casual Dinner Party, Family Get Together

Recipe CourseAppetizer, Main Course

EquipmentBlender, Food Processor, Microwave


Taste and TextureCreamy, Savory, Sweet, Tangy

Type of DishCold Soup, Soup


  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1 large clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups (500 mL) chicken stock
  • 1½ cups (375 mL) fresh corn kernels (2 to 3 cobs) or frozen corn
  • 1 cup (250 mL) plain nonfat yogurt
  • Pinch of granulated sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Hot pepper sauce
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) chopped fresh cilantro, chives, or parsley
  • 8-cup (2 L) casserole dish with lid or glass measure covered with vented plastic wrap


  1. In casserole dish, combine red peppers, green onions, garlic and stock. Microwave, covered, on High for 8 to 12 minutes or until peppers are tender when pierced with a fork.

  2. Add corn. Microwave, covered, on High for 4 to 7 minutes or until corn is tender. Let cool slightly.

  3. In a food processor or blender, purée in batches until smooth. Strain soup through a fine sieve to remove pepper skins. Whisk in yogurt. Add sugar. Stir in salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce to taste.

  4. Cover and refrigerate for about 4 hours or until chilled, or overnight. To serve, ladle into chilled bowls and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.


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I just made this soup for dinner tonight. I'm always on the lookout for hot weather dishes that can be made ahead of time and will be equally good for a second meal. Even still slightly warm, this soup is very tasty! I abandoned the straining step after it looked like I was tossing so much flavor and fibre. I think next time (and there will be a next time) I will just try my immersion blender. Also, will puree cilantro with the soup in addition to garnishing with it.


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