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Chilled Summer Soup

What is summer for if not chilled soups?  Delicious and refreshing when you're still recovering from coming in from the D.C. summer heat, serve it as a an appetizer or just pair it with a hearty salad for a great meal.  And, it takes all of five minutes to make.

Ingredients:

- 1/2 canteloupe
- 1 tomato
- 1/2 cucumber
- salt
- pepper

For garnish:

- chiffenade of basil
- crisp pancetta

Dice the vegetables, removing the seeds from the canteloupe and seeds and majority of skin from the cucumber.  Place all ingredients in a blender, including the salt and pepper to taste.  (When you see this in a recipe, start small and then add to your liking, blending each time.)  Put in a storage container or serve right away.  I find that if you store it for a day in the refrigerator, the flavors come together more thoroughly.

Ladle into a bowl, and bundle the basil together, making long cuts but not fully chopping.  Place a thin slice of pancetta on a baking sheet and toast in a toaster oven until crisp, or in a conventional oven at 350 degrees for approximately 4-6 minutes.  Sprinkle the basil over the soup, and top with the crumbled pancetta.