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Mediterranean Thickening Sauce for Soup


Mediterranean thickening sauce for soups

Mediterranean thickening sauce adds texture and depth of flavour to soups.

We are a soup family. Through the fall and winter hearty soups are on the menu at our house more than any other dish. Many of the soups I make are tomato based (making use of all the roasted tomato sauce I put up each fall) and all except for one are vegetarian.

Sometimes soup can use a little help. If it’s feeling too thin or the flavour seems a little watery or undefined it’s handy to have a trick to liven it up.

This soup thickener is based on a recipe I found at the back of the book Splendid Soups by James Peterson.  A couple of scoops of this flavourful sauce add texture and body to any broth (tomato or other).

Even better, the sauce gives a wonderful depth to the flavour of your soup or stew which is often helpful if you don’t have a flavourful stock for a base.

I keep a batch in the fridge during soup season to liven up all sorts of my recipes. It makes its way into the occasional sauce too.

Mediterranean thickening sauce for soups

This thickening sauce made from sun dried tomatoes and roasted red peppers adds flavour and depth to soups.

Mediterranean Thickening Sauce for Soup


  • 1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes, soaked, drained and chopped 
  • 2/3 cup bread crumbs 
  • 3 cloves garlic 
  • 2 roasted red peppers, chopped 
  • Pinch of salt 
  • 1/3 cup olive oil 


  1. Soak sun dried tomatoes in boiling water to cover for 10 minutes. Drain and chop. 
  2. Place bread crumbs and garlic in the food processor and whirr until the garlic is finely minced. 
  3. Add red peppers, tomatoes, and salt. Puree, and then add the olive oil. 
  4. Scrape into a jar with a tight fitting lid. Will last in the fridge for up to a month

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