Summer is still in full swing and temperatures are high around a lot of the country. When it’s too hot to cook, what do you do? Order in? Eat cold leftovers? When you’re too tired and too hot to cook, try this incredibly easy, super tasty Gazpacho. Gazpacho is a healthy chilled soup that is perfect for those hot summer days.

Gazpacho

Ingredients

1 ounce of stale bread, crusts removed (see Ann’s Tips)

1 pound ripe tomatoes, peeled and seeded (see Ann’s Tips)

½ clove of garlic, minced

1 tablespoon of chopped shallot or red onion

½ to 1 cup of water, as needed

Salt and pepper, to taste

¼ cup diced cucumber

¼ cup diced sweet pepper

Fresh basil, for garnish

Preparation

  1. Soak the bread in a little bit of water until fully absorbed. Squeeze out the water.
  2. In a blender or with an immersion blender, puree the bread, tomatoes, garlic, shallot, ½ cup of water, salt, and pepper, until smooth. Taste for seasonings and add in more water if thinner soup is desired.
  3. Stir in diced cucumber and sweet pepper. Keep in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or until ready to serve. Garnish with fresh basil.

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