Jen Causey
Hands-On Time
20 Mins
Total Time
1 hour, 30 minutes

Take advantage of the juicy in-season tomatoes available this time of year to make this take on a Spanish classic. Similar to gazpacho, this cold no-cook soup is made with tomatoes and bread. Hard-boil the eggs ahead of time or purchase them already hard-boiled at the store. This refreshing, savory bowl of cold soup is just as great for a light lunch midsummer or a dinner party.

How to Make It

Step 1

Whisk together vinegar and tomato paste in a large bowl until smooth. Stir in tomatoes, bread, garlic, salt, and pepper. Chill mixture, covered, until bread is soggy, about 15 minutes.

Step 2

Ladle half of the tomato-bread mixture into a blender and add ¾ cup water. Process until mostly smooth, about 1 minute. Add remaining tomato-bread mixture and process, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl as needed, until smooth, about 2 minutes. With motor running, drizzle in oil until combined, about 1 minute. Chill soup, covered, for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.

Step 3

To serve, ladle chilled soup into bowls and top with ham and chile. Using a Microplane or the smallest holes of a box grater, grate eggs over tops of bowls. Garnish with several grinds of pepper.

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