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Monaco Soupe au Pistou (Vegetable Soup)

 A fresh vegetable soup, perfect for a light meal anytime.
Course Soup
Cuisine Monegasque
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 286kcal
Author International Cuisine


  • 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.


Prep time does not include soaking the beans overnight so be sure to plan ahead or in a pinch, use canned.


Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 1250mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2805IU | Vitamin C: 28.3mg | Calcium: 193mg | Iron: 6.9mg