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Iced Gazpacho Soup With Herb Croutons

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Ingredients
For the gazpacho
  Ripe plum tomatoes 1 Kilogram, quartered and seeds removed (Very Ripe)
  Spanish onion 1 , roughly chopped
  Cucumber 3⁄4 (About 20 Centimeter)
  Red pepper 1 Large, quartered
  Garlic 3 Clove (15 gm), crushed
  White bread slices 4 , crusts removed (A Day Old, If Possible, 2 1/2 Thick Slices)
  Passata 750
  Extra-virgin olive oil 5 Tablespoon (1 Tablespoon Extra For Drizzling)
  Tabasco sauce 1 Dash
  Sherry vinegar/White wine vinegar 1 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Flat-leaf parsley 1 Tablespoon, chopped
  Ice cubes 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (For Serving)
For herb croutons
  White bread slice 4 (Thick Slices)
  Olive oil 3 Tablespoon
  Mixed dried herbs 2 Teaspoon
  Sea salt 1 Teaspoon
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degree F or 200 degree C

MAKING
2. Remove 1 tablespoon each of finely chopped cucumber and pepper in a bowl. Reserve for garnish.
3. In a food processor or liquidizer jar, combine all the ingredients for the gazpacho.
4. Pulse in short bursts of 5 seconds each until blended into a smooth puree.
5. Pour into a large glass bowl.
6. Taste and adjust seasoning.
7. Place in the refrigerator to chill for 1 hour or until required.
8. Cut the crusts from the bread and cube into 1 cm pieces.
9. Toss bread cubes with olive oil, herbs and salt and spread on a baking sheet.
10. Toast in the oven for 10-12 minutes, sautéing a few of times until golden and crisp.

FINALIZING
11. Remove from oven and cool.
12. Remove the soup from the fridge.
13. If too thick, then add a little cold water to thin it.
14. Stir in the parsley.

SERVING
15. Ladle the soup into deep dish soup plates or cups.
16. Add ice cubes to chill.
17. Top with chopped cucumber and red pepper
18. Drizzle olive oil around and grind some pepper
19. Accompany with the herbed croutons.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Very Easy
Cuisine: 
Spanish
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Chilling
Dish: 
Soup
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Tomato
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
120 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
130 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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