Chef Chuck's Gazpacho


A refreshing blend of organic garden vegetables makes this cold soup quite delightful. This soup has a clean refreshing flavor. An ancient recipe sure to please any vegetarian.

2 pounds ripe tomatoes
1/2 cucumber, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 red pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons ricotta cheese
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, crushed
salt and pepper to taste

Cut tomatoes in half, place on a baking sheet along with the peppers and roast on broil in oven till soft and blackened. Let cool, and remove skins and place in a bowl. Add all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend till you get a smooth consistency. Refrigerate and serve chilled.
Optional: Chop a few vegetables small to place on top of soup, for additional texture.


  1. MMMM,..;a very lovely soup, Chuck!!
    A grand presentation too!

    Many greets from rainy Brussels!

  2. Hi Sophie!! We are warming up good in the southwest, good for an afternoon soup! Thank You and take care :)

  3. Nice recipe, Chuck. I especially like the addition of the ricotta. This is definitely something to try. I take it you used roma tomatoes?

  4. Hello Joe, Glad you like the addition of Ricotta! Yes Roma will work fine, I am looking forward to my garden tomatoes this season, San Marzano!!" Thank you for comment:)

  5. Oh my this is one beautiful gazpacho and just in time for the season. Have never made gazpacho being somewhat too inundated with too many recipes all over the place. This one looks perfect! Love the ricotta addition and that you roasted the tomatoes and peppers. Fabulous!

  6. Just copied down the recipe. Is a must for me!

  7. Hi Jamie! Please try this is fun and simple! O yes Delishh~~ Thank you :)

  8. Yes Jamie, Let me know the outcome! Grazie!

  9. I've only made this once before!! But I loved it!! I need to make it again... especially since summer is just around the corner. This is perfect!

  10. Hi Ash! A bit early, but so flavorful!! Sets the mood~~ Thank you :)

  11. Great option for summertime for a backyard bbq for those not wanting meat. Nice and refreshing.

  12. Hello Bridgett, This would be the premium time for enjoyment, I agree!!
    Thank you :)

  13. Thank you Chuck for your kind comment over at my wine column at italyMONDO!