Summer pistou

Summer pistou

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(20 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4

A cross between a soup and a stew, this healthy French dish is packed with vegetables and beans - perfect as a light lunch. If making ahead it will keep in the fridge for a couple of days.

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal209
  • fat8g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs18g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre10g
  • protein12g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • 2 leeks, finely sliced



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 1 large courgette, finely diced



    The courgette is a variety of cucurbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…

  • 1l boiling vegetable stock (made from scratch or with reduced-salt bouillon)
  • 400g can cannellini or haricot beans, drained
  • 200g green beans, chopped
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • small pack basil



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • 40g freshly grated parmesan



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the leeks and courgette for 5 mins to soften. Pour in the stock, add three-quarters of the haricot beans with the green beans, half the tomatoes, and simmer for 5-8 mins until the vegetables are tender.

  2. Meanwhile, blitz the remaining beans and tomatoes, the garlic and basil in a food processor (or in a bowl with a stick blender) until smooth, then stir in the Parmesan. Stir the sauce into the soup, cook for 1 min, then ladle half into bowls or pour into a flask for a packed lunch. Chill the remainder. Will keep for a couple of days.

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Maria Teresa De Matos Matilde's picture
Maria Teresa De...
19th May, 2019
Very easy to make and above all: delicious! Thank you!
16th Jun, 2018
Made exactly as per the recipe and really enjoyed it. Plenty left for my lunch for the next few days too.
3rd May, 2018
Made this today, used a large rather than small pack of basil with pecorino rather than parmesan cheese and also put in a bit of cayenne. It was absolutely delicious
28th Mar, 2018
I followed the recipe to the letter - except using frozen green beans. It was absolutely delicious.
11th Sep, 2016
The summer pistou is now on my favourites-list for the whole year. For me it's mainly a low-carb and healthy dinner. To spice it up a bit, I add some chilli.
Minoo's picture
13th Jun, 2016
We absolutely loved this - we had assumed it was just another vegetable soup, but but we were so impressed. The garlic, Parmesan and basil are amazing. I halved the recipe to just do one lunch but as I had bought a whole bunch of basil I stuck the whole lot in which perhaps added a bit of the punch others had been after. Will be making this again.
16th Jun, 2015
Both my boyfriend and I had this for for lunch and it was really tasty. I think you could get a bit more punch in there, maybe with a bit of lime juice or something, but a very delicious and filling light, summer soup.
NewtonGirl's picture
14th Jun, 2015
Just made this for lunch tomorrow. Very tasty. I added a green chillie to add a little heat.
14th Jun, 2015
A surprise gem! I only really made this dish because it's part of the summer diet plan but despite the super-healthy appearance, its really tasty. The blitzed beans give a really good texture and the parmesan/basil are just lovely. I'll be making this again.
8th Jun, 2015
When I read this recipe I really didn't fancy it but thought I should give it a try anyway, I'm glad that I did as it was delicious, it was a hit with the kids too.


8th Jun, 2015
Is this best eaten hot or cold? Can it be reheated?
NewtonGirl's picture
14th Jun, 2015
I would imagine eaten warm. Completely fine to reheat too.
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