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
  • 1
    onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 clove
    garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1
    leek, trimmed and cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 2
    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)
  • 4
    tomatoes, skinned and chopped
  • 1
    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)

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


  1. HELPFUL 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.
  2. Heat 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).
  3. Add 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.
  4. Add the tomatoes and zucchini, bring soup back to a boil, and then lower to a simmer and cook for another 5 minutes.
  5. Add the pasta and cook for a further 10 minutes.
  6. Add the pesto sauce. (And salt and pepper to taste)
  7. Serve topped with a heaping spoonful of fresh (not powdered stuff in a green jar!) parmesan cheese.

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

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

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