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Healthy Soupe Au Pistou

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Ingredients
  Leeks 200 Gram, trimmed, thinly sliced and washed
  Celery 100 Gram, peeled and chopped
  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Potatoes 200 Gram, peeled and diced
  Aubergines 150 Gram, peeled and diced
  Courgettes 200 Gram, trimmed and diced
  Water 1 1⁄2 Liter
  Sea salt 2 Teaspoon (Maldon)
  Spring greens/Other green cabbage 250 Gram, chopped
  Spinach leaves/Chard leaves 150 Gram, washed and chopped
  Spaghetti 50 Gram, broken into short lengths
  French beans 100 Gram, topped, tailed and cut into 2cm lengths
  Canned haricot beans 400 Gram, drained and rinsed (400 Gram Tin)
  Freshly ground white pepper To Taste
For pistou
  Extra virgin olive oil 100 Milliliter
  Basil 1 1⁄4 Bunch (125 gm) (Large Bunch)
  Garlic 3 Clove (15 gm), peeled and crushed
  Freshly grated pecorino cheese/Freshly grated parmesan cheese 3 Tablespoon
Directions

1. 1n a large pan or cooking pot, gently stew the leeks and celery in the olive oil until softened. Tip in the potatoes/aubergines and courgettes, then pour in the water and add the salt. Bring up to a simmer and cook for 10 mins.
2. Now stir in the spring greens, spinach and spaghetti. Cook for a further 10 mins, then stir in the French beans, haricot beans and pepper. Bring the soup up to a final, gentle simmer and continue cooking for a further 20-30 mins, or until all is very soft, thick and a nice dull-ish green colour - as it should be.
3. For the pistou, simply puree all the ingredients together using a small food processor; or, if you are an artisan pistou maker, employ a pestle and mortar. I like to eat this soup almost at room temperature, or at least warm rather than piping hot, with the pistou handed round separately, so that each person can add as little or as much as they like.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
French
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Stewed
Dish: 
Soup
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Cheese
Interest: 
Everyday, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
30 Minutes
Servings: 
2

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