Feb 24, 2013

Bread and Tomato Soup - Gazpacho Style #SundaySupper

I know some of you will liteally shiver when you read the title, since youre buried in snow or the weather is minus something x 2, or similar, and might not even make it to the recipe, but I had to take a few liberties from what I read about this Sunday Supper event, hosted by Pam of The Meltaways, 'what could be better on a cold winter day than soup? Share a soup recipe to warm up with on a chilly day or any time of the year'
I clearly choose those last five words as a guide, because it was so.darn.hot when I decided what soup to make.

On wednesday, the actual day I went into the kitchen, chopped and took the pictures, it was actually cool and almost windy, with cloudy skies and a feeling of a sad winter day. And it continued for two more days. I could do with a split pea soup if you ask me. Murphy's law in full force.

So I suggest you think of this soup as a reminder of sunny and colorful days to come.

The last time I had gazpacho was a few years ago, and I have no idea why I never made it again. It's my absolute favourite cold soup in the world, there´s no contest, it always wins.
I suspect there are as many 'right' ways of making gazpacho in Spain as there are of making the 'right' meat empanadas here, so let's not get into any details about whether this one is or not a true and traditional one. It is so good it doesn't matter.

The recipe has what I believe to be the typical ingredients of andalusian gazpacho, garlic, tomatoes, olive oil, vinegar, cucumber, green peppers and stale bread, this last one being a controversial one from what I heard. But I don´t care. That's why I call it a bread and tomato soup gazpacho style.

Because it is exactly that, a bread and tomato soup. With a relish. This was served at a Chez Panisse anniversary, so I figured it would be a good recipe. I didn't use the ancho chile it specified, because I couldn't find any. It was made by David Tanis and Russell Moore and published by Saveur

Me, bread and fresh tomatoes go way back. I would come from school, a million and a half years ago, and eat a tomato mayo french bread sandwich as the ultimate snack. And I can't count the times I've made a plain tomato salad with olive oil, salt and vinegar only to sop up the juices in the end with some fresh bread.

There's some chopping, grating, mixing and refrigerating involved. That's it. That's all you do to get a fresh, crunchy, silky, piquant chilled soup that greatly improves if you use seasonal, organic tomatoes. I believe if you have your own plant of tomatoes this would be a different flavor in the best possible way. 
I don't have a garden, much less a tomato plant, and still it is wonderful with regular market tomatoes. It has the right amount of garlic and vinegar, just the way I like gazpacho to be.

The bread and tomato soup is better served cold, not long after it is made, but giving it 15 or 20 minutes in the fridge to let the tomatoes release their juice. It can also be blended and served in a glass, which is the way I have mine when I´m alone.


barely adapted from The Best American Recipes 2002-2003, by F. McCullough and M. Stevens

The better and more in season the tomatoes, the better tasting this recipe will be. I add the garlic in the relish and sometimes more vinegar, because that's how I like gazpacho. But you can mellow it if that's your taste. And also add a chili if you want an extra kick.

If you feel you need more tomato juice and pulp, by all means add an extra tomato.

Serves 4 to 6


For the soup:
1 ½ cup crustless day-old country white bread
3 garlic cloves
½ teaspoon salt
4 pounds round tomatoes, halved
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

For the relish:
2 cups round tomatoes, quartered, seeded and diced
½ cup cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
½ cup red onion, diced
½ cup green peppers, deveined and diced
Fresh parsley leaves, a handful
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 to 3 Tbs sherry vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ garlic clove, minced (optional)

6 country bread slices, toasted


For the soup:
In a bowl, cover the bread with cold water and soak a few minutes, until bread is soft. Squeeze excess water and transfer bread to a large bowl.
With a big holed grater, grate each tomato half over the bowl with the bread, until you only have the skins left.
In a mortar with a pestle, or a kitchen board with a big knife, mash garlic with salt, until you have a wet paste. Add to tomatoes and bread and mix. Add olive oil, mix well, check seasonings, cover and refrigerate.

For the relish: In a bowl mix all ingredients.

To serve: Laddle bread and tomato soup equally among bowls or soup plates. Add a few Tbs relish on top of each and serve with a piece of toasted bread. 
Serve immediately.

Grated tomatoes and water soaked bread

As you can see, there´s a soup for every palate:

Do The Chicken Dance (chicken {or other poultry} soups)
§                      Chicken Tortellini & White Bean Soup at Flour On My Face
§                     Chicken Gnocchi at Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
§                     Chicken Cheese Soup by There and Back Again
§                     Chicken Tortellini Soup by Country Girl In The Village
§                     Chicken Soup with Leeks, Onions and Fennel by Shockingly Delicious
§                     Yucatan Chicken Lime Soup (Sopa de Lima) by The Weekend Gourmet
§                     Chicken Meatball, Spinach and Orzo Soup from  Gourmet Drizzles
§                     Ground Turkey Soup at The Messy Baker
§                     Cheesy Chipotle Chicken Sausage Chowder by Cupcakes and Kale Chips
§                     Turkey Meatball Soup by Basic and Delicious
§                     Chick-Fil-A Chicken Noodle Soup by Family Foodie
§                     Chicken Vegetable Noodle Soup at Cupcakes and Pearls 
Where’s The Beef (Beef Soups)
§                      Chili with Black Beans by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
§                     Vegetable and Beef Soup by Supper For a Steal
§                     Swabian Beef Spaetzle +1 Soup (Gaisburger Marsch) at Galactosemia in PDX
§                     Bacon Cheeseburger Soup by Small Wallet, Big Appetite
§                     Beef Pho Soup by No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
§                     Frijol con Carne by MarocMama
§                     Pho Bo (Vietnamese Beef and Noodle Soup)  by Neighborfood 
Pass The Pork. Please (Pork or Sausage Soups)
§                    Healthy Bean and Sausage Soup by Momma’s Meals
§                     Smoked Sauage and Wild Rice Soup at Mama, Mommy, Mom
§                     Louisiana Caldo by Catholic Foodie
§                     Sweet potato and spanish chorizo soup at My Cute Bride
§                     Soft Tofu Soup (Soondubu Jjigae) by Hip Foodie Mom 
Under The Sea (Seafood Soups)
§                    Shrimp Miso Noodle Soup at Pescetarian Journal
§                     New England Clam Chowder at Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
§                     Hearty Okra Shrimp Gumbo Laced with Coconut Oil by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
§                     Bacon and Shrimp Bisque at Big Bear’s Wife
§                     Lobster Bisque for Two by Peanut Butter and Peppers
§                     Chinese Fish Maw Soup by My Trials in The Kitchen
§                     Thai Curry Coconut Mussel Soup by Noshing With The Nolands 
Eat Your Veggies (Chock Full o’ Vegetables Soups)
§                    Not-So-Mini-Strone at The Army Foodie Wife
§                     French Onion Soup by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
§                     Spicy Sweet Potato and Corn Soup at Magnolia Days
§                     Creamy Cheddar Potato Soup at Daily Dish Recipes
§                     Rather French Onion Soup by What Smells So Good
§                     Broccoli Cheddar Soup by Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
§                     Cream of Ancho Chile Soup from La Cocina de Leslie
§                     Pasta e Fagoli Soup at Cravings of a Lunatic
§                     Miso Soup by Crazy Foodie Stunts
§                     Vegetable Consommé with Semolina Dumplings – Grießknödel at Masala Herb
§                     Vegetable Medley Soup with Broccoli and Leeks at Chattering Kitchen
§                     Yamato Soup at Cooking Underwriter
§                     Smoky Kale and Tomato Soup with Garlic Croutons by The Wimpy Vegetarian
§                     Coconut Corn Chowder at Mangoes and Chutney
§                     Ital Carrot & Sweet Potato Soup at The Lovely Pantry
§                     Chunky Vegetable and Barley Soup at Curious Cuisiniere
§                     Corn Soup with Crispy Tortilla Strips at Ninja Baking
§                     Jalapeno Beer Cheese Soup by The Hand That Rocks The Ladle
§                     Wild Mushroom Soup at Food Lust People Love
§                     Tomato Basil Soup with Cous Cous at Ruffles and Truffles
§                     Creamy Carrot Soup at Cookistry
§                     Country Split Pea Soup with Bacon and Potatoes at girlichef 
Some Don’t Like It Hot (Chilled Soups)
§                     Chilled Strawberry Soup at Juanita’s Cocina

Of course once you have seen all of the recipes for the day, you’ll not want to miss our  #SundaySupper conversation on twitter each Sunday. We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. This week we will be sharing out special soup recipes!
Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET and you do not want to miss out on the fun. Follow the#SundaySupper hash tag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat.
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Join us Around the Family Table this Sunday at 7pm Eastern Time and share your favorite soup, stew, chowder or bisque recipes with us!


  1. Delicious cold soup - full of goodness - which I LOVE! I have to bookmark this one for the warmer weather - love the flavorings:)
    mary x

  2. Mmm, I love a good gazpacho! Perfect for the delicious summer New Jersey tomatoes.

  3. Such a beautiful soup- it does remind me of sunny, colorful days! I can't wait to try this... what a lovely recipe! ;-)

  4. I love it!!! I must say you nailed the traditional recipe. I prefer mine with no bread (or very little), little garlic and relish but at home we made it with some bread, more vinegar and garlic and no relish. There is a different gazpacho recipe in almost every Spanish home. Of course, the greatest gazpacho is the one made with seasonal, mature tomatoes.

  5. I love gazpacho and the flavors you have in yours is amazing!! Yummy!!

  6. I love gazpacho! Love that you put bread in your recipe! YUM!

  7. Oh how this makes me long for a hot, summer day, Paula!! Gorgeous...mouthwatering...delicious!

  8. Me encanta el gazpacho y, como cualquiera receta española no hay una sola manera buena de hacerlo, este sin duda tiene muy buena pinta!!!

  9. Paula,a gazpacho is my husband all time favorite. I never make it so once in awhile he indulges having it outside. Now that I got your wonderful recipe and this great round up, I might just surprise him and make it.:) Lovely as usual.

  10. I absolutely love gazpacho - it feels like a socially accepted way to eat salsa with a spoon (which I usually only do when no one is looking. :) Beautiful!

  11. I haven't had gazpacho before but you totally sold me on it!

  12. Oh, yes gazpacho - so delicious anytime of year!!! I could eat a bowl right now - it is great any time a year; and yes great reminder of summer :) I love this recipe, Paula. ~ Bea

  13. Spring is almost here, so summer won't be far away. The soup looks beautiful.

  14. Paula, that gazpacho looks so, so good!! And this could not have come at a better time ... I want full on summer recipes because I am so over this -100 degree weather! :-)

  15. This is a beautiful gazpacho recipe - your photos are gorgeous and give the soup a jewel-tone quality! I am also a big fan if gazpacho's Italian cousin, Pappa al Pomodoro. Yes, we in the north half need to wait a few months for better weather and perfect tomatoes! ~ David

  16. I love this recipe! I haven't made gazpacho in a few years now, and I love your version with bread. Pinning it right now to make sure I make this when our tomatoes ripen this summer. Perfect for entertaining!!

  17. I can honestly say I have never had a gazpacho - but these pictures look so refreshing and make me want to try this recipe for sure. Great choice, and since we are in and out of the cold weather on the west coast I am sure I will be making it soon!

  18. A classic my friend, I have not had gazpacho since my summer began (and even last winter was hottish) so this looks so tempting :D


  19. Oh, gazpacho is one of my favorites, too...my mom used to make it regularly and I still adore her recipe. I'm ready for summer!!!! Beautiful soup, Paula!

  20. I have never actually tried gazpacho, but I love everything in it. Crazy snowy here today, but this would be great when all my veggies are in the garden!

  21. I wish it was warm here and there was fresh produce and I could make this soup. I've never had gazpacho and I'm not sure if I'd like it, but I would definitely give it a try.

  22. Simply drooling!! I would love a bowl of this right now!! Thanks so much for sharing. Gorgeous photos too!!

  23. I agree that this soup looks refreshing. I'll save this recipe for summer! Thanks for sharing.

  24. I love Gazpacho, Paula, and yours looks wonderful!

  25. I love bread and tomato soup, it's fabulous once tomatoes are in season!

  26. I don't care if it's cold out or not...this gazpacho looks incredible! I'll take a bowl winter or summer! Have a great week, Paula!

  27. it's been stinky hot here too in hobart, so chilled soup would be very welcome. it's such a pretty colour.

  28. I need something hot! It's not winter, no snow, but rain is already making me crazy :) I guess I would bed A LOT OF chili in this soup :D

  29. Oh gee... I have never been a fan of Gazpacho but your image makes it look so delicious that I am absolutely torn!!! It does look so fresh and delicious... maybe I will have to give it a try.

    Thanks for sharing :)

  30. Such a beautiful looking soup. I'm so intrigued by the method. I can't say that I have had a chilled soup before but now I'm thinking I should try :-D

  31. Ah, if only ripe tomatoes would be in season, this would be a treat to have!

  32. My mom and I are huge gazpacho fans as well. During the summer she always has a container of it in the fridge. Love this recipe!

  33. Mhmmm I love cold soups! Especially during summer time when the heat is unbearable here. Can't wait to try your gazpacho style tomato soup

  34. What a fun twist on a classic Italian soup! I love gazpacho and have my own recipe, but this one intrigues me. I'll have to try it out and dream of summer.

  35. As if I wasn't wanting summer to arrive already, you gave me yet another reason to want it here real soon. You know why? It's tomato season in the summer and I can't make enough things with fresh-picked tomatoes. I'm saving this recipe and will make it this summer.

  36. To be completely honest, I've always been a bit leery of cold soups. It just seems out of place to eat soup in summer. But, I must admit that I've never had a cold soup. Ever. And, this looks absolutely delicious. So, I'm pinning this for when summer finally rolls around. I promise I will take a step out of my soups-are-for-winter rut and give this a try!

  37. I never liked gazpacho but my mom and dad do, I'm sure they'd love this

  38. Ohhh ese gazpacho sabe a verano!! qué bueno! qué ganas de que llegue el calor ;-)))

  39. Paula,
    This soup looks so lovely. . and you said it "refreshing"! I love it! you transported me back with you when you were talking about your tomato mayo french bread sandwich as your after school snack when you were a kid. because all you have to say is "tomato bread sandwich" and I am there. uh, sounds delicious! I could eat bread and tomatoes all day! again, love this soup. . and it's so pretty!

  40. Paula, I have never made a gazpacho before but I have eaten some, of course - to me it always looks like "summer in a soup bowl" and your version of this summery cold soup sounds very tasty. Wonderful pictures of the soup as well - they really make the soup look so bright and healthy!

  41. I could eat this soup every day of the week... and I just might, now that you shared your beautiful recipe!

  42. The colors look so wonderful. I love tomato soup, have to try your version

  43. This sounds like a perfect summer soup

  44. Even though we have feet of snow on the ground, I enjoyed the photos of your gazpacho. I will be starting tomato seeds in a couple of weeks and dreaming of making this soup with heirloom tomatoes picked fresh from the garden.


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