Soupe Au Pistou

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Recipe: #12558

May 15, 2014

"A delicious soup that is easy to change up to your individual likes. You'll love the garlic, basil and parsley pistou which is the French version of pesto, except it has no nuts. Original recipe is from Epicurious, but I've changed it up a little. What's wonderful about this recipe is that you can use whatever's in your veggie bin to replace or add to the broccoli."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (709.7 g)
  • Calories 499.4
  • Total Fat - 30.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 13.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 119.4 mg
  • Sodium - 953.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 23 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4.9 g
  • Sugars - 5 g
  • Protein - 35.7 g
  • Calcium - 599.5 mg
  • Iron - 2.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 52.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

In a 4-5 qt. heavy pot, heat the 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium flame. Add the leek, celery, carrot, and garlic, along with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables brown and stick to bottom of pot, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, wash the chard and remove the leaves from the stems. Chop the leaves and stems roughly, but keep them separate.

Step 3

When the vegetables are ready, add the potatoes and chard STEMS to the pot. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring frequently, until the potatoes begin to soften, about 5 minutes.

Step 4

Add the water and bouillon cube and bring to a boil, stirring and scraping up the brown bits.

Step 5

Stir in the pasta, chard leaves, broccoli and simmer, uncovered, until pasta is al dente and the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.

Step 6

Meanwhile, make the pistou. Place the canned tomato, basil, parsley and garlic in a mini blender or food processor and whirl until it's small flecks. Add the olive oil and parmesan cheese and process until combined. You should still be able to see specks of the parsley and basil. Set aside.

Step 7

Remove the soup from the heat and add in about half the pistou, reserving about 4 heaping teaspoons. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

Step 8

To serve, ladle soup into individual serving bowls and top with a dollop (about a teaspoon) of the pistou.

Note: we really like the pistou, so we usually double the recipe. If you do the same, just add about 1/3 cup to the soup and reserve four heaping teaspoons for the garnish. I'm sure you'll find something yummy (on sliced tomatoes, on bruschetta, in a turkey wrap...)to do with the leftover pistou!


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1 Reviews


Primarily used this version of your recipe, but combined it a little bit with your other pistou recipe - most notably I subbed the zucchini and green beans for the chard and used the tomato paste for the canned tomato. I also increased the garlic a bit in the pistou. It is an excellent soup, and very flexible. I love the pistou dolloped on top of each bowl - when mixed in at the last minute, you get such a burst of extra freshness. It definitely gets thicker the next day, but is still delicious (and you can always add a little liquid to it). A real keeper!


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(18 Oct 2015)

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