Soup is Souper

I’ve had a love affair with soup for as long as I can remember. When my family got AOL when I was in 7th grade, appropriately my screen name was Souper.

I could eat soup every day. And I don’t discriminate because I love almost every kind.

I’ve heard people say they don’t enjoy eating soup in the summer because it’s too hot. While I completely understand this preference, the heat doesn’t phase my soup consumption.

The warmer temperatures do however allow for cold soups to enter the rotation for the summer months, which many may find more appealing in 80° weather.

My favorite chilled soup is Gazpacho, a tomato-based soup which packs a vegetable garden into one bowl. Today I made my own variation and I was quite pleased with the outcome. The great thing about this recipe is that you can easily tweak it to your liking so feel free to make additions or subtraction where desired.

To me, nothing says summer like a bowl of Gazpacho.

Coarsely chopped veggies



What You Need

  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, peeled and coarsely chopped

  • 1 small green pepper, peeled, cored, seeded, and coarsely chopped

  • 1/2 of English cucumber, peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped
(English cucumbers are supposed to be seedless but I still removed the few seeds they do have)

  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped (use half of a jalapeno for less spice)

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 drop of hot pepper sauce

  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 large tomato, seeded and finely diced

  • 2 tablespoons scallion tops

  • Sour cream (optional)

What To Do

  1. Combine all ingredients except diced tomato, scallions and sour cream in a blender. Puree to desired chunkiness (I kept slightly chunky)
  2. Add additional tomato juice if you are not pleased with thickness/consistency.
  3. Add chopped tomatoes.
  4. Chill soup until cold and garnish with scallions and a dollop of sour cream (the sour cream cuts the spice a bit). Avocado is another option for a delicious garnish.

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