French vegetable soup from Provence, loaded with vegetables and a generous dollop of fresh basil puree.

Soupe au pistou

French vegetable soup from Provence, loaded with vegetables and a generous dollop of fresh basil puree.

Martha Stewart and Patricia Wells make Pistou Soup, a recipe from Patricia's cookbook.

Patricia Wells' Pistou Soup Recipe

Martha Stewart and Patricia Wells make Pistou Soup, a recipe from Patricia's cookbook.

Pistou Soup

Pistou Soup

Pistou Soup by Laura Calder of French Food at Home on the Cooking Channel More Bang for the Buck: 8 Dinner Party Dishes with Cheaper Cuts of...

So what is Pistou Soup or Soup au Pistou? First, pistou: it originated in France and is a is a mixture of garlic, fresh basil and olive oil. Sounds simple but it's magic! It transforms ordinary vegetable soup into something you'll crave year round.

Vegetable Soup au Pistou

So what is Pistou Soup or Soup au Pistou? First, pistou: it originated in France and is a is a mixture of garlic, fresh basil and olive oil. Sounds simple but it's magic! It transforms ordinary vegetable soup into something you'll crave year round.

Pistou soup | A light, spicy twist on a traditional summer vegetable soup. French “pistou” is a distant relative of the Italian pesto, but my version reflects the Vietnamese influence on modern French food.

Pistou soup

Pistou soup | A light, spicy twist on a traditional summer vegetable soup. French “pistou” is a distant relative of the Italian pesto, but my version reflects the Vietnamese influence on modern French food.

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