Gazpacho – Chilled Tomato Soup

Gazpacho is a well known Spanish tomato soup that is served cold. It’s a great light lunch with some crusty bread. When my mom and I went to Spain, we ate this for many lunches because it was so hot in the middle of the day and this was refreshing and easy to find. Traditionally gazpacho includes cucumbers, but it’s a flexible soup. Add cucumbers to this recipe if you have them. I decided to make gazpacho because green bell peppers are finally available in town and that’s an essential ingredient for me. You can change the proportion of tomatoes to tomato juice if you want. It would be easy because 1/2 kilo of fresh tomatoes is equal to about 2 cups juice. This recipe is sour, and it’s supposed to be, but add the lemon juice and vinegar at the end so that you can adjust the sourness to your tastes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 C tomato juice
  • 1/2 kilo tomatoes, chopped (peeled and seeded if you want a smoother soup)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 2 green peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 hot pepper (optional)
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/4 C basil or cilantro (I used basil)
  • 1 t sugar
  • 1 t salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T lemon or lime juice
  • 1 T vinegar
  1. Put everything (except the vinegar and lemon juice) into a large bowl or pan and blend with a handheld blender. Alternately, blend in batches with a standard blender.
  2. Add lemon juice and vinegar to taste. Add more salt if desired.
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3 responses to “Gazpacho – Chilled Tomato Soup

  1. Great to have you blogging again!! I missed you!
    Gazpacho was one of my favorite foods when I lived in Spain. It is the perfect summer meal…and healthy too!!

    • You lived in Spain?! It’s good to hear from you too. Do you ever make gazpacho? It would be interesting to know what you think are essential ingredients. You know what else I ate for many lunches in Spain? Jamon y queso. That ham was so good.

      • I have not made it for many years but have fond memories of it along with a slice of chunky, crusty bread and a good glass of wine. I would need to review a Spanish cook book I have to remember all the essential ingredients.

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