I have never considered myself a “cold soup” person. I have tried cold soup before and liked it, but would I make it at home? Not so much. Or so I thought.
I was happy to see Gazpacho as one of this month’s Barefoot Blogger recipes chosen by Meryl of My Bit of Earth. What a great opportunity to make this popular summer soup for myself. Why wouldn’t I like it? It’s made from a ton of fresh vegetables, and it is easy to whip up in a food processor or blender. What’s not to like? Hmmm…uh…it’s cold soup.
Well…let me tell you…I loved this gazpacho!! I was so pleasantly surprised. I followed Ina’s recipe here, but substituted jarred roasted red peppers for fresh because it’s what I had on hand. Also, feeling inspired by Pioneer Woman’s recent beautiful Gazpacho post, I added some zucchini. I couldn’t resist throwing in a jalapeno from the garden and of course some lime. I would have probably preferred it a little more chunky, but because I don’t have a large food processor (why don’t I have one??) and had to use a blender it got slightly over processed. I thought it tasted perfectly though and enjoyed a big bowl alongside some chopped avocado and roasted shrimp for dinner.
Ina’s Gazpacho recipe can be found in The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook or here on Food Network’s site.
Check out the Barefoot Bloggers for more versions of this great recipe!