Right off the bat I’ll say that I was not looking forward to making gazpacho. I had a bad experience as a kid with the cold [blueberry] soup that my grandmother made ::shudder::. Granted, she’s never been a great cook but I’ve always avoided cold soup since that day.
However, since this group isn’t about taking the easy way out and skipping a recipe just because I may not like something, I forced myself to make the soup…and I LOVED it. It was full of spicy-tomatoey goodness and I took Ina’s advice seriously when she stressed not to overprocess the veggies in the food processor; they added a nice textural difference to the soup which Kyle likened to eating salsa. I put the recipe together one morning before work in the course of 15 minutes and let it chill all day…what a nice no-cook meal to come home to! Since this was the 4th or 5th soup recipe I’ve made from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, I don’t see how it could have been bad!!
My thanks go out to Meryl of My Bit of Earth for choosing a recipe that most of the group had never made before and forcing me to try yet another recipe I would not have tried on my own. Be sure to head on over to Barefoot Bloggers to check out the ever-growing list of members!
source: Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, page 79
WW Points = 3
- 1 hothouse cucumber, halved and seeded, but not peeled
- 2 red bell peppers, cored and seeded
- 4 plum tomatoes
- 1 red onion
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 23 ounces tomato juice (3 cups)
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup good olive oil
- 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- Roughly chop the cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, and red onions into 1-inch cubes. Put each vegetable separately into a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse until it is coarsely chopped. Do not overprocess!
- After each vegetable is processed, combine them in a large bowl and add the garlic, tomato juice, vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Mix well and chill before serving. The longer gazpacho sits, the more the flavors develop.