My favourite summer soup, and an incredibly easy version. It’s not the bright red colour of gazpacho that comes in a carton, but it IS based on Jamie Oliver’s recipe so it must be “pukka”. Because he’s very Spanish.
Moving on, all you need is a blender and you don’t even need to turn the oven on! Peel the tomatoes if you have a masochistic streak but there really is no need.
Oh and of course you can make this without bread crumbs if you want; it will taste the same, just won’t be as filling.
6 ripe tomatoes
1 green pepper, de-seeded and roughly chopped
3/4 of a cucumber
2 garlic cloves, diced (or one rounded teaspoon of this stuff if you are, indeed, very lazy*)
1/2 an old baguette (or equivalent quantity of other stale bread), blitzed to crumbs
White wine vinegar
Garnishes of your choice – chopped cucumber, ham, hard-boiled egg, more bread, fresh herbs, ice
Pour some water onto the breadcrumbs and leave them soaking.
Put the green pepper into the blender with a little water and blitz. Add the cucumber and blitz. Add the tomatoes and garlic, blitz a bit more. Add the bread and, you guessed it, blitz.
Add a tablespoon of vinegar and season, then add more vinegar to taste. We waited and added salt at the table so that souper-baby could eat with us.
Put the soup into the fridge to chill until ready to serve . If you don’t have time to let it get really cold, serve over ice cubes in a pretty glass. Orf-en-tic innit?
Enjoy and think of holidays. It reminds me of this place – I love a holiday soup-venir….
* I am and even souper-husband has been converted