Gazpacho

Gazpacho is a classic Spanish cold soup that relies on the flavors of familiar and beloved fruits and vegetables. Our recipe combines tomatoes, tomato juice, cucumber, bell pepper, onion and basil, which are blended and left to marinate while they chill overnight in the refrigerator. Simple to prepare, it is a cool and refreshing meal for hot summer days.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup low-sodium tomato juice
  • 1/4 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion, finely diced
  • 5-6 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds ripe tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • Whole basil leaves to garnish
  • PREP TIME 10
  • COOK TIME 0
  • Serves 5-6 cups

Directions

  1. Add tomatoes and tomato juice into a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer the tomato base to a large bowl or glass container.
  2. Add the cucumber, red bell pepper, onion, and chopped basil to the tomato base and stir.
  3. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  4. Adjust seasonings if necessary.
  5. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with whole basil leaves before serving.