Dinner in 35 Minutes

Gazpacho With Pesto and Shrimp

4 servings

Gazpacho and food processors were made for each other. Laborious dicing is reduced to a few blasts of the pulse control. Just don't be heavy-handed; each ingredient should remain identifiable, not be pulverized. The best part is that after scooping out whatever you've just diced, you don't have to wash the container because everything winds up in the same big bowl.

This robust, colorful gazpacho was created for a wedding by Deborah Hughes, co-owner of Upstairs on the Square in Cambridge, Mass. Unlike many gazpachos, it doesn't have a tomato juice base. It gets just enough liquid from the pesto-marinated tomatoes to justify eating it with a spoon.

Making this dish the long way -- without a food processor -- allows more time for the tomatoes to soak up the pesto. Though Hughes suggests serving it at room temperature, it's also good chilled, as gazpacho is traditionally served.

If you're feeling extravagant, substitute medallions of lobster for the shrimp. With a green salad and a hearty, chewy bread, you've got a meal. Adapted from "Great Women Chefs," by Julie Stillman (Turner Publishing Inc., 1996).

1/2 pound cooked medium shrimp, sliced lengthwise

11/2 teaspoons lemon juice

5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

8 Roma tomatoes, halved and seeded

1 bunch basil leaves ( 1 cup tightly packed)

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 medium seedless cucumber (10 to 12 ounces)

4 bell peppers (one each red, yellow, green and orange), seeded and cut into 6 pieces each

1 bunch scallions, white parts and 1 to 2 inches of the green parts

1/3 red onion, cut in half

3 tablespoons chives, finely diced

Lemon zest, for garnish

In a medium bowl, place the shrimp and toss with the lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of the oil. Set aside.

Cut each tomato half into three pieces. Working in two batches, place tomatoes in the food processor and pulse several times until they are diced. Transfer tomatoes to large bowl and set aside.

In the food processor, combine the basil, garlic, salt, sugar, vinegar and the remaining 4 tablespoons of oil and process until smooth to form a pesto. Add to the tomatoes and set aside.

Score the cucumber with a fork, cut in half crosswise and lengthwise. Place in the food processor and pulse several times until diced. Transfer the cucumber to a separate, medium-size bowl.

Working in two batches, place the bell peppers in the food processor and pulse several times until diced. Add the peppers to the cucumber.

Place scallions in the food processor and pulse several times until diced, then add to cucumber mixture. Do the same for the red onion. Add chives to the cucumber mixture and stir. Combine the cucumber and tomato mixtures and mix well.

Just before serving, add shrimp. Garnish with lemon zest.

-- Marcia Kramer

Per serving: 166 calories, 15 g protein, 21 g carbohydrates, 3 g fat, 86 mg cholesterol, 1 g saturated fat, 391 mg sodium, 4 g dietary fiber

Recipe tested by Marcia Kramer; e-mail questions to food@washpost.com

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