Monaco Vegetable soup or Soupe au Pistou as it is known there, is typical of the Mediterranean diet. Fresh vegetables in season along with a delicious garnish, a mixture of garlic, tomato, basil and cheese, is what truly takes this soup from your ordinary vegetable soup to an extraordinary one.
You can use whatever is fresh and in season, enjoying this vegetable soup anytime of the year. Vegetable soup is good for you and makes a wonderful lunch or light dinner.
The recipe calls for soaking the beans overnight so be sure to plan ahead when you make it. Serve it alongside a French Baguette and a glass of wine for a true Monegasque experience.
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Monaco Soupe au Pistou (Vegetable Soup)
- 1 cup dried white beans soaked overnight
- 5 Cups water
- 1 leek chopped
- 1 carrot chopped
- 1 stalks celery with leaves chopped
- 1 zucchini chopped
- 2 potatoes peeled & cubed
- 10 green beans cut into small pieces
- 2 large tomatoes peeled, seeded & chopped
- 1/8 cup fresh parsley chopped
- Salt & black pepper to taste
- Garnish Ingredients:
- 3 garlic cloves pressed
- 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
- 1/8 C fresh basil chopped
- 1/4 C Parmesan cheese grated
- 1/4 C olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
- In a large pot, bring the soaked beans and fresh water to a boil. Add all of the vegetables and herbs; bring to a second boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about one hour. Add the salt and black pepper to taste; stir well. Continue simmering uncovered for another twenty minutes. When ready to serve, ladle the soup into bowls; add the garnish generously into each portion, with an extra bit of Parmesan cheese.
- For the Garnish:
- Press the garlic cloves into a bowl using a garlic presser. Whisk in the tomato paste, basil, cheese, olive oil and parsley until mixture becomes a rich paste.