Pistou Provencal (South of France vegetable soup)- Hearty, delicious, simple!

Stacia Osborn


LOVE this soup! With a loaf of fresh bread it is a really filling (and fulfilling) meal! It makes you want to eat soup for dinner more often!

This is a guaranteed success recipe! And best of all you probably have the majority of the items on hand!

I have this written down in my recipes, but couldn't say where I got it from.

★★★★★ 1 vote
30 Min
45 Min
Stove Top


3 Tbsp
olive oil
onion, peeled and chopped
1 clove
garlic, peeled and crushed
leek, trimmed and cut into 1/4 inch pieces
celery stalks, trimmed and chopped
8 oz
carrots, scraped and cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1 can(s)
garbanzo beans/chickpeas (standard 14 oz can)
5 c
vegetable stock (home made or store bought)
tomatoes, skinned and chopped
zucchini, trimmed and cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1/2 c
small pasta shapes of your choice (mini shells are my fave!)
1/4 c
pesto (home made or a quality store bought)
salt and freshly ground black pepper
shredded parmesan cheese (vegans, use nutritional yeast on top instead of parmesan)


1HELPFUL TIP: Drop the tomatoes in a pot of boiling water for 10 seconds, take them out with a slotted spoon and the skin will come right off.
2Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Drop the onion, garlic, leek, celery and carrots in. Give them a quick stir; cover the pan and cook gently for about 15 minutes (until the veggies start to get soft).
3Add the chickpeas (undrained) and the vegetable stock. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat to a simmer and cook for another 20 minutes.
4Add the tomatoes and zucchini, bring soup back to a boil, and then lower to a simmer and cook for another 5 minutes.
5Add the pasta and cook for a further 10 minutes.
6Add the pesto sauce. (And salt and pepper to taste)
7Serve topped with a heaping spoonful of fresh (not powdered stuff in a green jar!) parmesan cheese.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Bean Soups, Vegetable Soup
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: French
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy Free
Other Tag: Healthy