This is my entry this month for yet another food blogging event called “No Croutons Required,” sponsored by Tinned Tomatoes from Scotland. The theme this month is spicy vegetarian soups or salads. The round-up of the inaugural event is here.
I love the idea of gazpacho – mixing together the pungent flavors of garlic, onions and peppers with tomatoes – but I don’t really enjoy the sharp flavors of these ingredients raw. So I cook them! Then the flavors are mellowed and I enjoy it much more. So my entry is “Hot Gazpacho.” It’s also good chilled – still cooked, not raw
btw, I left out the traditional cucumber, since it’s a cooked soup. Hm, maybe I ought to try it, though … or maybe I’ll serve a cucumber salad on the side next time. Yeah, that’s the ticket.
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1 green, yellow, and red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
Salt and pepper
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 14-oz. can diced tomatoes
2 cups vegetable stock
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro or flat-leaf parsley
Heat a medium soup pot over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, jalapeno, bell peppers, onions, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper, then saute veggies 5 minutes.
Add crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes and stock and bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir in cilantro. Garnish with sour cream and cilantro.