Summer Soup au Pistou

We grow so many wonderful vegetables in our garden and we often times make a French Summer Soup. The soup is filled with the goodness of the fresh garden vegetables and yet is light enough for the summer heat. The Pistou that I will be adding to the soup today is similar to a pesto and will be served with the soup and on the side to be passed and used to dip the crusty French bread. The Pistou along with the Summer Soup comes from the Provence region of France.

Summer Soup au Pistou

Summer Soup Au Pistou at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Summer Soup au Pistou
Miz Helen's Kitchen
Ingredients For The Pistou
6 medium garlic cloves, peeled
6 ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
4 to 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
25 to 30 fresh basil leaves
Ingredients For The Soup
1 ripe tomato, peeled, seeded and chopped
2 yellow summer squash, cut into 1/2 inch dice
2 small zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch dice
10 fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 stalks celery, cut into 1/2 in dice
2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch dice
3 leeks with light green and white parts, washed and cut into 1/2 inch dice or
1 bunch of green onions, with the tops, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
1 teaspoon pepper or to taste
1 tablespoon thyme or 4 small sprigs of thyme
1 tablespoon parsley or 4 small sprigs of parsley
8 cups chicken stock
The Pistou
Place the garlic and tomatoes in the food processor with about 3 tablespoons olive oil
Begin processing and with the machine running, add the basil leaves
Continuing to process stream enough olive oil into the mix to make a nice fluid paste.
Serve with crusty french bread and pass the Pistou as dipping sauce for the bread
The Soup
In a heavy sauce pan heat the olive oil and saute the leeks until translucent
Add the garlic and saute about 1 minute
Add the carrots and celery and continue to cook until the vegetables are just beginning to turn brown.
Pour the chicken stock in the sauce pan, bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat.
Add the green beans,zucchini, summer squash and tomato.
Add all the seasons and cook on low for 30 minutes until all the vegetables are tender.
When the soup is ready, add 1/3 of the Pistou into the soup and mix well
Adjust the seasons if necessary.
Serve with Crusty french bread and pass the Pistou as dipping sauce for the bread
Print Recipe

Begin With A Nice Basket Of Fresh Garden Vegetables

Summer Soup Au Pistou at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Saute The Leeks, Carrots and Celery

Summer Soup Au Pistou at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Add The Remainder Of The Vegetables and Broth

Summer Soup Au Pistou at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Make The Pistou

Summer Soup Au Pistou at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Part For The Soup

Summer Soup Au Pistou at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Part For Dipping With Crusty French Bread

Summer Soup Au Pistou at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Serve The Soup With  The Pistou On The Side

Summer Soup Au Pistou at Miz Helen's Country Cottage


Summer Soup Au Pistou at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

This soup is great hot or cold and although it is a summer soup it is really delicious all year round and is one of our family favorites. Hope you are having some wonderful summer vegetables from your garden or a farmers market, there is nothing like the fresh flavor. Have a wonderful week and come back to see me real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen
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  1. Wish I had this for lunch tomorrow! Glad to hear your garden is treating you well-enjoy:@)

    1. Hi Lynn,
      We are really enjoying our garden this year, it has been cooler so far and doing well, I just love this soup and would love sharing a bowl with you. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!
      Miz Helen

  2. What an appreciable soup!!
    I'm a pesto-freak so this is definitely a soup I'd looooooooooooove to eat

  3. Oh sounds so yummy I want some right now! Pinning and printing and making! If you haven't pls stop by and visit us at Snickerdoodle Sunday and bring some of this soup!

  4. Oh, this looks so tasty, Miz Helen! I'm a big fan of fresh veggies, and I could honestly eat soup any time of the year. Thanks so much for sharing your soup at Snickerdoodle Sunday! :)

  5. This looks WONDERFUL! Pinning and Bookmarking for later, thank you! Found you on Snickerdoodle Sunday. :)

  6. This looks so good. I am going to have to try to make this. Thanks for sharing at the Snickerdoodle Sunday.

  7. What a great garden summer soup! Would be honored if you would come share tomorrow to the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop Tuesday, 5 pm EST, and share! Blessings...Shari

  8. Wow, Miz Helen.... this does look amazing! I found your recipe over at The New Mrs. Adventures Tasty Tuesday party. I host Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday and would love it if you linked up this recipe. I’m sure our party goers would love it as much as I do. Here is the link Have a wonderful day!!

  9. I have seen this on my feed, on Pinterest & in parties and each time I think "this looks so good" so it's about time I left a comment. :) This looks delicious and what a great soup to put together when the garden is brimming!

  10. It must be a winner, because my 4 year old just looked at it and said "that looks yummy". And she doesn't like soup! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

  11. I love soups, so any that are welcome in the Summer are my favorite!! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  12. This is a bowl full of summer! I like that you use some of the pistou for dipping bread.

  13. What a gorgeous soup, Miz Helen! I love all the garden fresh ingredients. I agree with Michelle, it really is a bowl full of summer! The Pistou is lovely too - it's always so nice to have bread and dip with a good soup.


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