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Provençal Soup ( Soupe au Pistou )

This soup is similar to fresh vegetables soup that i usually make during summer month where we’re having lots of fresh vegetables . Both are delicious , although i think this one has a better taste , it could be that added the home made pesto into the soup changed the tastes to be a lot better than regular fresh vegetable soup . Soupe au Pistou is from Provençal area of France , and all it is just fresh vegetable soup , and when you serve it , you add pesto in it . At first i wasn’t too sure about adding pesto , but i am glad i did , since it tasted really good . I have the recipe for the pesto somewhere in this web too , but here is the recipe for the soupe au pistou

You need :

2 medium of chopped onions

4 garlic cloves , minced

8 cups of vegetable broth or water

3/4 tsp. of kosher salt

1/4 tsp. of black pepper

3 sprigs of parsley

2 sprigs of thyme

1 bay leaf

3 carrots, half moon cut

2 potatoes , quartered

1/2 cup of mini penne pasta

1/4 lb of green beans

1 cup of cannelini beans

1 medium zucchini

2 tomatoes

2 ears of corn


In a dutch oven or large stock pot , add olive oil , heat the oil under medium heat , add the onion and garlic , salt and pepper , cook until onions are tender , low heat about 10 minutes . Then add the 8 cups of vegetable broth or water , along with parsley , thyme , bay leaf , bring to boil and simmer for 10 minutes . Then add carrots and potatoes , cook low for 10 minutes . Add mini penne , cook for 10 minutes low heat . Add zucchini , cannelini beans and green beans for 5 minutes . Then add the corn , tomatoes , cook for 3 minutes or so . Turn the heat off , remove from stove . Serve in a bowl top with home made pesto .

Pesto recipe :

1/4 cup of pine nuts

2 full cups of basil leaves , packed

2 garlic cloves

1/2 tsp. of salt

2/3 cup of olive oil

1/2 cup of fresh parmesan cheese

Mix the nuts , leaves and garlic , salt in a food processor until smooth , while it’s still running add olive oil . Remove from the processor once it’s smooth , and then add the cheese . Store in the fridge .

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