Soupe au Pistou Soupe au Pistou

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  • Portion size 8 servings


  • 1 1/4 cup dried white beans (such as cannellini, navy or flageolet)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 stalk celery thinly sliced
  • 6 carrots diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups water
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 5 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 fresh thyme sprig
  • 4 red potatoes cubed
  • 1 fennel bulb trimmed, cored and cubed
  • 3 plum tomatoes peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 zucchini diced
  • 4 oz thin green beans
  • 4 oz thin haricots verts
  • 2 cups shelled fresh peas
  • 2 cups shelled frozen peas
  • 3/4 cups broken vermicelli
  • 1 1/2 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaf
  • 1 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced


Rinse beans and sort, if necessary, discarding any blemished ones and any grit.

In large saucepan, cover beans with 3 times their volume of water. Bring to boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour. Drain. Return soaked beans to pan along with 3 times their volume of fresh water. Bring to boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer until beans are tender, about 3 hours. (Or soak overnight, drain and cook with 3 times their volume of water until tender, about 2-1/2 hours.) Drain; set aside.

Meanwhile, in Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat; cook onion, garlic, celery, carrots, salt and pepper until onion is softened, about 6 minutes. Stir in water, stock, bay leaf and thyme; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add cooked beans, potatoes and fennel; return to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until potatoes are almost tender, about 5 minutes.

Add tomatoes, zucchini, haricots verts, peas and vermicelli. (Note: If using frozen peas, add during last minute of cooking.) Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until haricots verts and peas are tender.

Pistou: Meanwhile, in food processor, pur?basil with cheese; gradually blend in oil in thin, steady stream. Transfer to bowl; stir in garlic. (Make-ahead: Transfer to resealable plastic bag, press out air and refrigerate for up to 1 day or freeze for up to 2 weeks.)

To serve, ladle soup into warmed bowls. Top with generous dollop of pistou.

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Soupe au Pistou