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Pistou Soup Recipe
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Pistou Soup

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"My mom brought this recipe back from a cooking class in Provence. Pistou is the French word for pesto. This is a wonderful tasting fresh vegetable soup. We've made it 3 times in just one month! It is so easy, healthy, filling, and delicious (better the next day). Can be served as a dinner meal with some crusty bread and wine."

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Original recipe makes 10 servings Change Servings
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  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr
  • READY IN

    1 hr 30 mins

Directions

  1. Bring the vegetable broth and water to a boil in a large pot. Stir in the green beans, zucchini, carrots, and potatoes. Return to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 45 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the pistou by processing the basil leaves, garlic, tomatoes, olive oil, and salt together in a food processor until finely chopped; set aside.
  3. Stir the kidney beans, white beans, canned diced tomatoes, and spaghetti into the soup and return to a simmer. Cook until the spaghetti is tender, about 10 minutes. Remove the soup from the heat and stir in the pistou. Sprinkle with Gruyere cheese and Parmesan cheese to serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 29, 2009

A great, hearty, healthy & low-fat soup for a chilly Fall night. Definitely add the zucchini and green beans (I added sliced baby portobello mushrooms also) toward the END of cooking time, not at the beginning, or they'll be mush. I used tiny elbow macaroni instead of broken spaghetti, and cooked it separately before adding to the pot. The tomato-basil pistou definitely makes this soup (and sidenote: try dunking some bread in the pistou before you add it all to the soup...mmm!). On it's own, it's just an ordinary (bit bland) veggie/bean soup but the pistou gives it a great flavour punch. Served with some shavings of a good parm reggiano, crusty bread, and a decent chardonnay, this is a very warming and satisfying meal. Looking forward to taking leftovers for lunch at work this week! (makes a big pot)

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 23, 2009

After spending quite some time cubing veggies, I found them to be mushy after the 45 min simmering time....and I even simmered on low, not med-low as the recipe suggested. It just stunk that I had mush before even reaching steps 2 and 3. I hope the end result is tasty enough for me to want to try again, only this time with my alterations such as adding the zucchini after the green beans, potatoes, and carrots.

 
Sep 29, 2009

Very yummy with a few changes. Simmer veggies minus the zucchini on low for 30 min. Add zucchini when you add the noodles. I also added swiss chard because I had it and used wheat spiral noodles again because that is what I had. Also added browned ground turkey. Important thing with soup is to use a good quality stock. My 6 yr old who every evening looks at dinner and says, "YUCKY" ate a good size bowl of this and enjoyed it. I like to cook things from all over the world and my kids and I look up on the globe where the recipe is from. Thanks for a yummy french recipe.

 
Nov 18, 2009

Wonderful recipe! Though, I made pesto instead of pistou because I had pinenuts on hand. It's a very good idea to add the softer veggies at the end to prevent them from being over cooked. I sliced and toasted French bread and topped with extra pesto and cheese. Super yummy!

 
Aug 25, 2012

This is an absolutely fabulous soup. The garlic in the basil pistou adds a real kick, almost like chilli. You can also change the vegetables to what you have in the fridge and I omitted the pasta and potatoes (husband is on a low carb diet). I added turnip, broad beans and only added one can of white beans (all I had). Filling as a meal (2 bowls) or a great first course. Serve with fresh crusty bread...yum.

 
Nov 16, 2009

My family loves this soup! It has become our new fall favorite. I make it with or without adding pasta. It is also good over brown rice.

 
Oct 02, 2009

This soup has great flavor. I too used chicken broth because it's what I had on hand and added the zucchini with the pasta. I only had the parm. cheese so I didnt use the other...Still good! I wonder if the olive oil could have been less...I think probably so if you want it to be even healthier. Overall this is a good one!

 
May 25, 2010

Very nice, not enough flavor though.

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 456 kcal
  • 23%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 63 g
  • 20%
  • Cholesterol
  • 11 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 15.7 g
  • 24%
  • Fiber
  • 11.4 g
  • 46%
  • Protein
  • 17.1 g
  • 34%
  • Sodium
  • 1056 mg
  • 42%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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