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French Pistou Tomato Soup Recipe

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July 10, 2013 / French / By
Dinh

This tomato soup recipe is inspired by a French cooking lesson I had in Stanmore. The highlight of this soup is definitely the amazing Pistou sauce that's served on top!

Serves 4

Main Ingredients:

50 grams dried white beans (soaked) or a can of cooked white beans
1 tablespoon olive oil
100 grams leek (white part only)
1 small (100g) carrot
50 grams turnip
50 grams green beans
1 small (100g) zucchini
1 400 grams canned diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
50 grams macaroni pasta
1 litre of chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
1 pinch of dried thyme
1 bay leaf
Salt & pepper to taste

Pistou Sauce Ingredients:

Small bunch of basil
1 clove of garlic
2 tablespoons of grated cheese (eg. tasty cheese)
2-3 tablespoons of olive oil

Method:

  1. Place the dried white beans to soak for at least 8 hours (or use canned white beans)
  2. Place the soaked beans in a saucepan, cover with plenty of cold water and bring the water to a boil. Simmer for 20 minutes. Refresh, then drain beans. Put beans aside.
  3. Cut the leek into fine slices.
  4. Cut carrot/turnip/zucchini into small dices.
  5. Cut beans in half, at an angle. Put aside.
  6. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and sweat the leeks for a few minutes. Then add carrots/turnips/zucchini, and sweat for another few minutes. Add the white beans and chicken (or vegetable) stock, can of diced tomatoes and tomato paste.
  7. Season with salt, pepper, thyme and bay leaf.
  8. Bring soup to the boil, and reduce to simmer, and cook for a further 20 minutes.
  9. Add green beans and pasta.
  10. Continue cooking for another 5-10 minutes (until all vegetables and pasta are tender).

Pistou sauce:
Puree basil leaves, chopped garlic & tasty cheese in a food processor. Gradually pour in 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil, and continue processing until mixture is fairly smooth.

Enjoy!


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The soup looks tasty!
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