Chef Luca's Gazpacho Soup Recipe
Milk-Free • Soy-Free • Egg-Free • Wheat-Free
Peanut-Free • Tree Nut-Free • Shellfish-Free • Fish-Free
Every summer, when the Texas heat makes us look for something refreshing, I like to prepare a classic Spanish dish that I learned during the years I lived in the Canary Islands: Gazpacho! Gazpacho is an amazingly refreshing cold soup. The classic recipe calls for tomatoes, cucumber, bread and condiments.
My version of Gazpacho is a little sweeter because I use watermelon instead of cucumber (members of the same plant family) and I don’t use any bread. It’s really important to have the tomatoes peeled and without seeds, and a seedless watermelon. It’s sweet and a little salty; very refreshing on the palate. It’s smooth and nutritious - your new summer favorite!
Enjoy it in a soup bowl or for the adults serve it over ice with a shot of vodka as a delicious summer drink.
4 medium large vine tomatoes, peeled and seedless
2 1/2 cups of cubed seedless watermelon
3 peeled cloves of garlic
2/3 Tbsp of salt
1 tsp black pepper
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Take 4 vine tomatoes and with a small knife cut a little cross on the bottom.
Put the tomatoes in boiling water for 20 seconds.
- Remove from the boiling water and place the tomatoes in an ice bath for a couple of minutes.
- Peel the tomatoes, cut them in quarters and cut seeds out.
- Combine all ingredients and blend in a blender.
Serve in a soup bowl with some fresh basil and a little olive oil.
- Or serve to adults as a refreshing drink.
Luca Della Casa is Executive Chef at the Nosh Restaurant & Silo Restaurant, San Antonio, Texas. Chef Luca has 16 years’ experience in the food service industry in Italy, Spain and the U.S. He was raised in Northern Italy, with an in-depth knowledge of Italian, French, and Spanish cuisines. He is currently a contestant on Food Network's The Next Food Network Star, which airs on Sundays at 9 pm Eastern time. He welcomes food allergic diners at his restaurant. You can find Chef Luca at facebook.com/cheflucadellacasa.