Dolores had about a 1000 cookbooks and I decided I would read them all before deciding what to keep and what to throw out. So naturally I started with the thinnest and this little gem was in volume III of the Recipes of the Five Brothers. There are only 20 recipes in this book with 15 pictures and I am sure I have eaten about ten of the meals so it’s pretty authentic Italian except for the shortcut of using their sauce and I believe most Italians cheat once in a while now that commercially prepared sauces are all pretty good. You can tell by this title that I really am somewhat of a food snob even though I still eat greasy kid’ stuff once in a while.
Chilled Tomato Soup – Zuppa di Pomodoro Fredda
cup to 10 oz. of Tomato Juice
cup Five Brothers Tomato Basil sauce or something close
1 medium cucumber seeded and diced
1/2 green bell pepper finely chopped
1-3 thinly sliced green onions (scallion) with junk removed
I Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
I clove garlic finely chopped
Tablespoon extra virgin Olive oil
Tablespoon parsley – fresh if available
1/4 Teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Stir ingredients, cover and place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours. I left mine in overnight and it was great the next day. Next time I am going to make a full batch and use a glass as my morning fruit substitute because it tastes so good.
Besides who wouldn’t want to say when somebody asks you what you had for dinner you say:
Zuppa di Pomodoro Fredda