The heat and a killer tomato harvest make for perfect gazpacho weather. This cold soup hits it just right — it’s cool and refreshing, but roasting the tomatoes brings a smoky flavor that reminds you of the promise of fall — please say fall is coming! —eat-drink-garden
About 5 cups
garden tomatoes, roasted, peeled and chopped
Persian cucumber (about five), peeled, plus more for garnish
large red bell pepper- roasted, skin and seeds removed
chile de arbol roasted and soaked, stem removed (this is optional for those that like it spicy)
Garnish: Cucumbers, finely diced & Best quality olive oil
In This Recipe
After roasting your tomatoes and bell pepper, add all ingredients into the blender, including any accumulated juices from the roasting process — a Vitamix is ideal here.
Puree until the ingredients are smooth. Taste for seasoning and add a little water if the flavor is too concentrated. It really makes the soup delightful and gets rid of any seeds from the tomatoes.
Chill four hours or overnight. Serve with garnish of chopped cucumbers, a drizzle of olive oil and even a few chopped cherry tomatoes if you have them on hand. Enjoy!
I produce the Santa Barbara based blog Eat Drink Garden. The inspiration for every meal, for every cocktail, and for every blog entry is from my garden. I learned a few years ago that if you choose seasonal fruits and vegetables, you don't need to do too much to them in order to make them beautiful and delicious every time.