Monday, March 1, 2010

Meatless Monday - Gazpacho

Gazpacho and Cheese Quesadillas

Mmm, gazpacho. Eating it always reminds me of summer. However, a tasty version can be made even in the dead of winter thanks to high-quality canned plum tomatoes. Considering our southern winter seems never-ending (calling for snow tomorrow, in MARCH) we needed a dish like this to remind us that summer isn't too far away.

1 carrot, peeled and cut into 1" lengths
1 green pepper, seeded and cut into 1" pieces
3 scallions, cut into 1" lengths
1 - 28 ounce can of high quality Italian style plum tomatoes
1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon hot sauce
salt and pepper to taste

Put all ingredients in a food processor and and process until the soup is mostly smooth but with a few chunky bits left. Pour soup into a bowl and chill for at least an hour. Garnish with a little more red wine vinegar and cilantro. To round out the this meatless meal, serve with cheese quesadillas.

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