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Soup au Pistou

Extra pistou can be stored in the refrigerator up to two days.

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  • Servings: 8
Soup au Pistou

Photography: Jonathan Lovekin

Source: Martha Stewart Living



  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 anchovy fillets
  • 2 leeks, white and pale-green parts only, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise, washed well, and drained (about 4 cups)
  • 2 small celery stalks, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 2/3 cup)
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 small zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 small yellow squash, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 Parmesan rind, about 1 by 3 inches
  • 2 cans (15.5 ounces each) small white beans, such as navy, rinsed and drained


  • 1 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Soup: Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add anchovies and cook, stirring, until dissolved, about 1 minute. Add leeks and celery; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are soft and golden in spots, about 20 minutes.

  2. Stir in zucchini, squash, broth, 2 cups water, and Parmesan rind. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in beans and simmer, covered, just until warmed through, about 2 minutes. Remove rind.

  3. Pistou: Meanwhile, pulse basil, garlic, Parmesan, and oil in a food processor to a loose paste. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. Divide soup among bowls. Stir in pistou as desired, sprinkle with Parmesan, and serve.

Reviews (1)

  • labligh56 17 Aug, 2014

    The soup took me about 11/2hours to prepare. I didn't find it very flavorful at all. It is probably a very healthy soup, which is why I needed to try it. If I already had the vegetables and needed to use them up, I may make it again. But for all the chopping, grating and clean up it just wasn't worth the end result in my opinion. Really wanted this one to be a winner.

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