Adapted from The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook

3 large, ripe tomatoes (about 1 1/2 lbs), cored and quartered
2 red bell peppers, stemmed, seeded, and chopped coarsely
2 cucumbers, peeled, halved, seeded, and chopped coarsely (Amy's note: dogs love cucumber seeds)
5 cups tomato juice
1 small onion, minced finely
1/2 cup wine vinegar (Amy's note: I used white wine vinegar, the original recipe calls for sherry vinegar, I think red wine vinegar would be nice too)
2 small or 1 large garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce, plus more to taste
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
Extra-virgin olive oil (optional)

1. Pulse the tomatoes in a food processor until finely chopped, about 12 pulses. Transfer to a large bowl. Pulse the bell peppers and cucumbers until finely chopped, about 15 pulses. Add to the bowl with the tomatoes. Stir in the tomato juice, onion, vinegar, garlic, Tabasco, and 1 teaspoon salt. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours. Place bowls in the refrigerator to chill.

2. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into chilled bowls and sprinkle with parsley and a drizzle of olive oil (if desired) before serving.

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