Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Italian-Inspired Pink Gazpacho

OK, I'm not stupid - I know gazpacho is from Spain. But this was a spur-of-the-moment kind of soup, something that I threw together on Sunday night when I realized that I didn't have anything planned for Monday's lunch. It's easy, tasty, and I used what I had on hand. (Basil from the garden, a can of beans in the back of the pantry, and an enormous pile of fresh tomatoes from the Farmer's Market.) Next time I will sprout dried beans for a lunch that is 100% raw.

I enjoyed this gazpacho with a slice of Ezekiel bread for dipping as well as a salad with red bell peppers and soaked almonds.

This simple soup is great on a hot summer afternoon. Serves one.

  • ½ cup cannellini beans
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 small, juicy tomatoes
  • 4 good-sized leaves of fresh basil
  • ½ tsp. black pepper (or more)
  • salt, to taste

Puree all ingredients in a high-speed blender or Vitamix. Chill over night.



Gosh, how do you make your school lunch look so elegant and appetizing?? I never want to post pictures of food in my thermous because it looks like a big pile of goop hehe

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I fell in love with gazpacho on my trip... but your version with the beans sounds so amazingly delicious. I'm copying it down to my to-make list.

Engineer Baker  

Hey Katie - I couldn't find your email address, so I thought I'd just answer in a comment. I actually fell into the engineering thing. I'd been told that since I was a girl who was good at math and chemistry, I'd easily get into college and easily get a job as a chemical engineer. Funny, since I was always better at the liberal arts! At the risk of leaving an epic comment, if you want, just shoot me an email - my email address should be in my blogger profile.

Mary Ann  

What a beautiful lunch! I love the colors.


Gorgeous late summer lunch. Yum.


How very resourceful of you! Plus it sounds delicious... I love white bean and tomato soups.


Uh hum, I am confessing here that I had no idea Gazpacho came from Spain. Your brilliant and talented with color and flavors! Everytime I come to your blog I feel inspired to try something on the whim! I love almonds too. Great pics and hugs

Barbara Bakes  

Wow - I'm really impressed with your website. Great ideas!


Love the summer gazpacho, I have not made one yet.
I think that in this day and age you can mix whatever cultures you feel like, Japanese Gazpacho anyone?
Great idea to put beans in, good protein.


Pretty pretty pink soup! I agree with Shelby, you make it look so elegant in that thermos! I think it's the leaf on top for that added touch of brilliance :o)

I'm so impressed with your recipes!


What a great colour soup!


Looks amazing. I love the market shot of the tomatoes. Yum Yum!


Awesome soup Katie! The color is gorgeous!


Could you please start making my lunch? So colorful and healthy.


That pink gazpacho looks SO GOOD! I did a vegan raw cleanse for a few weeks... hard work, but rewarding!


Just came across your bog. Very nice! Great soup idea!


This looks so nice and simple, and I'm sure it was delicious. I have yet to make gazpacho, but really want to!


mmm... this would be a great lunch.


yum! i've never made gazpacho but it looks so easy. definitely my kind of recipe.


Looks tasty! You'll be envied at lunchtime. :)


woah ... so easy and nutritious! I gotta get myself a blender soon!


What a lovely, summery recipe - makes me long for the new season!


You are awesome! I love your blog, love your enthusiasm, love your resourcefulness, and love that you are 14- you can definitely teach this old (34 y.o)dog some new tricks!
Rock on!

Hey Harriet  

Oh yum! A nice simple recipe & totally healthy too! AND, it looks pretty. I like it when food looks pretty :)

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