Summer pistou

Summer pistou

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(11 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 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
    Leeks

    Leek

    lee-k

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

  • 1 large courgette, finely diced
    Courgette

    Courgette

    corr-zjet

    The courgette is a variety of cucurtbit, 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
    Tomato

    Tomato

    toe-mart-oh

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

  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • small pack basil
    Basil

    Basil

    ba-zil

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

  • 40g freshly grated parmesan
    Parmesan

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

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

Method

  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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gabigaffron
11th Sep, 2016
5.05
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.
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Minoo
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.
felicityhm
16th Jun, 2015
5.05
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.
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NewtonGirl
14th Jun, 2015
Just made this for lunch tomorrow. Very tasty. I added a green chillie to add a little heat.
hjlonsdale
14th Jun, 2015
5.05
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.
lascarff
8th Jun, 2015
5.05
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.
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Bovinefreedomfighter
8th Jun, 2015
5.05
Have tried this dish today. Found it a bit bland so added garlic granules and onion granules. That did the trick. Very satisfying and a hit with the husband-to-be who commented "You can make that again anytime"!
stanjo
8th Jun, 2015
Is this best eaten hot or cold? Can it be reheated?
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NewtonGirl
14th Jun, 2015
I would imagine eaten warm. Completely fine to reheat too.
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