Although I love the intricacies of an elaborate recipe and in depth cooking techniques, I ADORE EASY when the taste is outstanding! Such is the case here today. Roasted red peppers found in jars on the shelves of our grocery stores are one of the best bargains and most time consuming ingredient you can find. You often will get three whole red bell peppers in one jar! The peppers can be kept whole or cut into various size pieces. Here we will chop them to a chunky consistency to make Gazpacho.
Gazpacho is a traditional Spanish style soup that is served cold. The soups are chopped or pureed mixtures which are red or white in color. The red gazpachos are made primarily of tomatoes with broth and other vegetables. The white gazpachos are made of bread, almonds, cucumbers,broth and olive oil. I have eaten them pureed silky smooth and chopped to a super chunky hearty style. I find the stick blenders are another easier device to use than the food processor. They are much less expensive, easier to clean and provide closer eye contact with the food you are chopping.
So, combine the following ingredients in your food processor or a large bowl to blend up with your stick blender:
1 12-oz jar roasted red sweet peppers, drained (you may choose to add all or some of this liquid to your soup. I added half)
2 14.5 oz cans No Added Salt diced tomatoes
1 1/2 cups Lower Salt/Sodium Chicken Cooking Stock (My fav is Kitchen Basics)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon snipped tarragon
1 teaspoon celery seed (celery salt is a substitute)
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Pulse to desired consistency. Serve cold or at room temperature. Garnish and add at serving time some or all of the following:
Chopped fresh tomato
Fresh tarragon sprig
Crushed red pepper flakes