Pistou Soup


My mom brought this recipe back from a cooking class in Provence. Pistou is the French word for pesto. This is a wonderful tasting fresh vegetable soup. We've made it 3 times in just one month! It is so easy, healthy, filling, and delicious (better the next day). Can be served as a dinner meal with some crusty bread and wine.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
10 servings


  • 3 quarts vegetable broth

  • 2 cups water

  • 2 cups fresh green beans - rinsed, trimmed, and snapped into bite-size pieces

  • 4 zucchini, cut into small cubes

  • 3 carrots, cut into bite size pieces

  • 4 potatoes, cut into bite sized pieces

  • 1 bunch basil, leaves picked from stems

  • 10 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 tomatoes, chopped

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can white beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 (8 ounce) package spaghetti, broken into 2-inch pieces

  • ½ cup shredded Gruyere cheese

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Bring the vegetable broth and water to a boil in a large pot. Stir in the green beans, zucchini, carrots, and potatoes. Return to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 45 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, prepare the pistou by processing the basil leaves, garlic, tomatoes, olive oil, and salt together in a food processor until finely chopped; set aside.

  3. Stir the kidney beans, white beans, canned diced tomatoes, and spaghetti into the soup and return to a simmer. Cook until the spaghetti is tender, about 10 minutes. Remove the soup from the heat and stir in the pistou. Sprinkle with Gruyere cheese and Parmesan cheese to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

456 Calories
16g Fat
63g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 456
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 1056mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Dietary Fiber 11g 41%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 41mg 204%
Calcium 257mg 20%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 1048mg 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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