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Pistou Soup

The French luscious vegetable soup consumed in summer composed of many garden fresh vegetables.

"Pistou" is the French equivalent of pesto, a healthy sauce of olive oil, fine herbs, and garlic.

Pistou soup, the French luscious vegetable soup consumed in summer composed of many garden fresh vegetables

Ingredients (for 6 people)

  • 500 g white or dry red artichokes 

  • 250 g green beans

  • 3 zucchinis

  • 2 tomatoes

  • 250 g vermicelli pasta

  • 2 cloves of garlic

  • 1 bunch of basil

  • 100 g grated Parmesan cheese

  • olive oil

  • salt, pepper


  1. Soak dry beans for at least 6 hours

  2. Clean and tail green beans, peel the zucchinis and cut them in two, peel garlic and tomatoes, wash the bunch of  basil.

  3. Put the white beans or the red ones in boiling salt water, boil and let it simmer for 2 hours. Then add green beans and zucchinis and cook for an additional hour.

  4. Add the vermicelli pasta to the vegetable stock and cook for 15 minutes. During this time, prepare the pistou (pesto): crush the cloves of garlic, tomatoes, leaves of basil and grated parmiggiano, adding, drop by drop, olive oil, salt and pepper. Crush this mixture until it becomes very homogeneous.

  5. Add this paste to the boiling soup, boil for several minutes and remove from heat.

How to Serve :

Serve very hot, accompanied by toasted farmhouse bread.

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