In a bowl, mix the tomatoes, yellow pepper, onion, cucumber, vinegar, garlic, olive oil, and bread. In a blender, purée the mixture in batches at high speed until very smooth, about 3 minutes. Pass through a coarse strainer. Stir in 2-1/2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Refrigerate until well chilled, at least 1 hour. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.
To make the garnish
Heat the oven to 375°F. In a small saucepan, melt the butter in the oil over medium-high heat. Add the crushed garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is a light golden color, about 1 minute. Discard the garlic. Spread the torn pieces of bread in a single layer on a baking sheet, drizzle with the butter and oil mixture and toss well. Bake, tossing the bread cubes occasionally, until golden, 10 to 12 minutes.
Ladle the chilled soup into serving bowls and garnish with the toasted bread, green pepper, cucumber, tomatoes, and red onion.
nutrition information (per serving):
per cup, Calories
9, Fat Calories
80, Saturated Fat
4, Monounsaturated Fat
25, Polyunsaturated Fat
Photo: Rita Maas