Favorite French Recipes

It’s time in Provence for that popular soup full of fresh garden vegetables with the addition of a dollop of a garlic/basil sauce on top. I would say that it is easy to make but time consuming. I needed a sous chef to chop up everything but didn’t have one.

Provencal Vegetable Soup (Soupe au Pistou)

1 1/2 cups fresh fava beans or 3/4 cup dried navy beans
1/2 tsp herbes de Provence
2 garlic cloves finely chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion finely chopped
2 small leeks finely sliced
1 clerey stalk finely sliced
2 carrots finely diced
2 small potatoes finely diced
4 ounces green beans
5 cups water
2 small zucchini finely chopped
3 medium tomatoes chopped
1 cup peas, fresh or frozen
handful of spinach leaves cut into ribbons
For the Pistou:
2 garlic cloves finely chopped
1/2 cup basil leaves
4 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
4 tbsp olive oil.

Cook the beans in just enough water to cover adding herbes de provence. If fresh about 10 minutes, if hard probably about one hour. Set aside.
In large saucepan heat the oil, add onions and leeks and cook until soft. Add the celery, carrots and other garlic clove. Cook covered for 10 minutes, stirring.
Add the potatoes, green beans, water, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 mintues. Add the zucchini, tomatoes and peas together with the beans and their liquid. Simmer for 30 minutes. Keep checking the vegetables as it is easy to overcook. Add the spinach and simmer for 5 minutes. Season the soup and top with a spoonful of pistou into each bowl.

9 thoughts to “Favorite French Recipes”

  1. oh Aunt Linda, that definitely looks yummy and nutritious! love the colours… i wish i could try that! and i thought there’s meat in every French dish, apparently I was wrong. I’m a vegetarian, remember? đŸ˜€

  2. I’ll have to try that when everything ripens in the garden. Right now it’s just radishes, lettuce, peas, scallions and garlic scapes. I’m going to try garlic scape pesto.
    I planted fava beans for an experiment. We’ll see what happens. So far they are up and look vigorous.

  3. Yum!!! I am definitely going to try that recipe. Even though we are having the hot, hot, humid weather (in the upper 90’s some days), sometimes simple and very healthy with a good loaf of bread are the best meals!!!

  4. With the heat in Provence in the summer, do you make any cold soups like gazpacho (my personal favorite)?

    I also make roasted vegetable and tomato soup. It is supposed to be a hot soup but we love it cold too.

  5. I love pistou. I usually have some in the freezer with a little ziplock bag of garlicky crumb stuff to put on top

  6. You inspired me! I made this soup last night and enjoyed it very much – thanks for the inspiration (and the recipe!)

  7. jason, your son here,

    wow, that really takes patience – couldn’t do something like that with 4 kids!

    can’t wait to try it next week though (hint hint)

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