Gazpacho (Spanish Cold Soup)

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The hot season is almost on us.  Hot soup?  No thank you.  Cold soup, now you’re talking!  My favorite is called Gazpacho, a famous Spanish soup which is served cold.  The use of your blender makes this a very easy soup to make, but do not over blend.  The soup should have a thick consistency.  You can also substitute red and yellow bell peppers for green if you wish.

Cooking method

Using the blender: first chop up the garlic, then add the cucumber and bell peppers (capsicum), adding tomato juice as needed to liquefy.  Finally add the tomatoes and the rest of the juice.  If you want elegance, press through a sieve.  If you’re going for heartiness, just leave it the way it is, which is the traditional way.  Mix in the olive oil and vinegar.  Now refrigerate overnight.

When ready to serve, pour into bowls and garnish with salad vegetables as you see fit: minced or notched and sliced cucumber; thin green bell pepper slices; chopped coriander; and croutons and finally a goodly sprinkle of pepper.

IngredientsServes 4
Tomatoes canned1 kg
(or 8 large fresh tomatoes, peeled)
Cucumber peeled and chopped1
Green bell pepper cored and chopped1
Onion chopped1
Garlic1 clove
Olive oil2 tbspns
Vinegar white4 tbspns
Ground black peppergarnish