French Pistou in Soup

Pistou Soup is a typical French soup from Provence made of fresh summer vegetables and topped with the incredible French sauce with basil leaves, the Italian Pesto.

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4 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 potatoes,  chopped
2 leeks, chopped
2 cups green beans, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
2 cups white beans, cooked 
4 tomatoes, chopped
7 cups water
4 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

for the Pistou sauce

1 cup packed fresh basil
4 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp salt
4 tbsp olive oi


In a large pot, sauté the onions, leeks, carrots, and potatoes in olive oil for 10 minutes or until slightly soft (but not brown). Add the green beans and zucchini and sauté for another 7 minutes. Add the salt, pepper, and water and cook until the broth begins to boil. Add the white beans and tomatoes and cook for another 15-20 minutes. Add the pasta and cook for another 10 minutes. Taste the pasta and potatoes to make sure they are done. Sprinkle with more salt or pepper if necessary.

While the soup is cooking you can make the pistou sauce. In a blender or food processor, add all ingredients and blend.

When the soup is ready, serve with a dollop of pistou sauce on top and enjoy.

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