My mom absolutely loves tomato soup. But the hot Southern weather means that she can only eat it a few months out of the year – after all, who wants hot soup when you’re dripping with sweat? Of course, leave it to the Spaniards to come up with the perfect solution: gazpacho, a chilled tomato soup. It’s one of the most famous Spanish dishes, and is the perfect dish for a hot summer day. Here’s a recipe from Food and Wine.com.
- 6 ripe tomatoes, cut into chunks
- 1/2 large cucumber—peeled, halved, seeded and cut into chunks
- 1 green bell pepper, cut into chunks
- 2 garlic cloves, smashed
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
- Hot sauce, for serving
- In a blender or food processor, combine the tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, garlic, water, oil and vinegar and process until coarsely pureed. Season with salt and refrigerate until chilled. Serve with hot sauce.