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Provençal Vegetable Soup: Who knew a meatless soup could be so packed full of flavor? Dorie Greenspan of course. Her soup au pistou is amazing!

Provençal Vegetable Soup - A delightful summer soup featuring beans and vegetables

Provençal Vegetable Soup

Rumbles of thunder and a deluge of rain signaled a cool front crossing Indiana last night. Temps dropped 20º and the forecast looked more like May than mid-July. It was the perfect time to make our last French Fridays with Dorie assignment for the month, Provençal Vegetable Soup.

Called soup au pistou in France, Dorie revealed that pesto was the only required ingredient. The vegetables and beans could be tweaked to please your palate.

Provençal Vegetable Soup - A delightful summer soup featuring beans and vegetables

This Soup au Pistou is Insanely Delicious!

There was no need to alter this recipe one bit. For a meatless soup, it was hearty and filling. Featuring sweet kernels cut from the cob, zucchini, and fresh green beans, this soup was definitely screaming summer…though I might not serve it in the midst of a heat wave! The making of the soup started with sauteing onion and garlic in olive oil, then layer upon layer of ingredients and flavors were added till the soup was ready to serve. Parsley, thyme, rosemary and a bay leaf provided the subtle herb undertones, and carrots, a potato, tomatoes, cannellini beans and a bit of pasta along with the previously mentioned vegetables made this closer to a stew than a soup. My only tweak was to add an extra 3/4 teaspoon of salt.

But do you want to know what Bill’s verdict was? Sure you do. And I quote, “Next time, why don’t you replace some of those vegetables with chicken.” I think he was referring to the dreaded zucchini. I should have known.

This recipe for Provençal Vegetable Soup can be viewed on Google Books. I used chicken broth in my dish; for a vegetarian or vegan version, use a vegetable broth or salted water instead.

More Soups From Dorie Greenspan:

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Skinny Tip

I’m offering a series of Skinny Tips. How I keep slim is one of my most frequent inquiries. I’ll feature tips on some of my upcoming blog posts.

Tip #30: Try to make one positive change to your diet or exercise routine every couple of weeks. Eliminate your afternoon soda, drink your coffee black or add in an after dinner walk. Doing too much at once can be a set up for failure, so give yourself a break and be proud of each move towards a better you!

This soup is also a perfect dish for Skinny Tip #21!

Last weekend I attended the amazing Food and Wine Conference in Orlando, and today I’m off to Denver to visit my sister and parents. Check out my Instagram feed for updates. I have two rendezvous with food bloggers scheduled! Such fun!

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45 comments on “Provençal Vegetable Soup #FrenchFridayswithDorie #SkinnyTip”

  1. So funny that you were surprised how flavourful a “meatless” soup can be. For the most part, all the soups I make are meatless 😉 However, an EGG in this? Heaven!!

  2. Oh Liz–everything I need in a soup! And I love that you’re making soup in the middle of the summer, because I was just sipping hot water this 100-degree afternoon and crave me some great vegetable soup. Great share!

  3. Hee hee, me!! I love soup all year around. Maybe because I’m always feeling cold (bad blood circulation) and because the summer here is not so hot… this sounds very good. Love vegetables and I love putting lots of kinds in one pot – like this! Thanks for sharing the delicious soup with us!

  4. I usually eat soup year-round but for some reason haven’t made any in a few weeks… This looks great! Have a fun trip:@)

  5. Hi liz,how are u?missed so many things in my break.after i saw ur recipe in g+ am here .such a colorful recipe there.

  6. This soup looks fantastic! Looks very hearty and flavorful.

    I’d love to hear your thoughts on my latest recipe post:

  7. This soup looks fantastic! Looks very hearty and flavorful.

    I’d love to hear your thoughts on my latest recipe post:

  8. That soup looks so lovely and sounds delish! The addition of Pesto to any soup is always wonderful. Sounds like your weekends are full and fun. Enjoy your visit with family and blogdom friends. BTW I love your skinny tips – just need to implement them now :).

  9. Oh wow, lovely colors in your hearty soup!

  10. Looks great. I am always in the mood of a nice hearty soup.

  11. Well, I don’t know about replacing the veggies, but I’m sure that this would also be tasty with a little chicken thrown in. I did really love this one and can see making it in the springtime, before the temps get too crazy.

  12. Our temps were perfect yesterday too, so it was a great day for soup. I only made half a recipe
    and hubby said this was one time the whole recipe would have been perfect. As I sit here
    now wondering what’s for dinner, I have to agree with him. Enjoy your time with your
    family in Aspen.

  13. Liz I love you and hot soup in July, August and September. I usually buy ready made soup because it’s easier but you have inspired me to make my own. Have a great weekend xoxo

  14. Oh Liz, Ma Nature is serving up triple-digit heat this weekend, and soup wasn’t on my radar until now. This gem of a soup is bookmarked for cooler days. Thank you for the skinny tips, enjoy your travels, and I’m off to check out your Instagram. Cheers!

  15. It’s always warm here, but I still have soup and drink my tea. I just use my big fan a lot. LOL Looks good, Liz.

  16. Liz, I read your Bill’s comment to my Bill, and he said…he’s right, chicken would have been much better than the zucchini.
    I have to laugh at how similar their tastes are…you are right, meat and potato men!
    Your soup looks mouthwatering…a perfect summer soup! Happy Friday!

  17. I think the corn and the pesto really made this soup. My whole family felt it was really light and OK for summer. But our summer has been unusually cool which made our Dorista time in NYC wonderful.

  18. It’s winter and I don’t feel really well at the moment so this soup would be just what the doctor ordered!

  19. Lizzy,
    I love zucchini and can’t believe your hubby doesn’t like it. Have him try the Chocolate Zucchini Quick Bread I posted a couple of weeks ago.
    Aw, I wish I was going to Orlando too. Have fun.

  20. I made mine with chicken broth which helped. We liked the leftovers too. Have a great trip.

  21. I love this soup Lizzy!!
    have a nice weekend!

  22. This soup looks delicious! This isa actually one of the first soups I made while teaching a vegetarian cooking class. I love these classic flavors.
    I must say I had a giggle when I read Bill’s response. Sounds much like something my husband would say. Haha

  23. So this isn’t a chicken soup then? I think the variety of vegetables is awesome. Sorry I haven’t been around much – I’ve been burning the midnight oil in NYC. AND I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT! Back home now planning my next trip! xx

  24. This soup definitely looks very flavorful! And so delicious!

  25. This soup sounds wonderful for us vegetarians, I don’t mind soup in the summer because of all the lovely veg in season it can make a nice change.

  26. That’s a healthy colourful dish & I couldn’t agree more, Liz!

  27. I really thought this was delicious too! So happy that I persevered through the heat!

    Your soup looks great! And while I don’t think that it really needed any meat, I can see where Bill might like it. You could take Mardi’s concept and have it as an add-in on the side (hers were other things like croutons and such) so that it could be added in to taste? Glad that you enjoyed this!

  28. Liz, I would not be able to stop eating this soup. It looks wonderful with all those vegetables . . . even the zucchini 😉

  29. LOL,… oh Bill!! I was worried with my new kids that a meatless soup wouldn’t be enough, but I piled their bowls full of veggies and gave them each a big slab of sourdough and they were FULL. : ) they especially loved the pesto on it, having never had pesto before, this was a souper fantastic soup! 🙂 I think maybe an egg instead of the zucchini might make Bill happier about it? : ) It looks great either way!

  30. Men must have their protein. Cock-a-doodle-do. I liked this soup as much as you did, everything about it just worked for me. What made this so delicious, in my opinion, were the fresh veggies and fresh herbs. I never think to mention that I add salt to Dorie’s recipes because I always add salt to Dorie’s recipes. Your Post was a reminder that I need to add that fact. I don’t envy you the cross-country flights but I know you will enjoy seeing your parents and family. Glad you enjoyed Florida and I know it’s always fun to meet virtual friends. Enjoy the Mile High City. Go Rockies.

  31. Glad we missed that bad weather but sorry you got it. This is a perfect soup indeed for that weather, very hearty and delish soup.

  32. I love all those fresh veggies and pesto is the perfect addition!

  33. Liz, love this Provençal Vegetable Soup!! The same thing happened to me right before we left Madison, the temperature dropped so I made chili! This vegetable soup would have been fabulous too!!! love!!

  34. LOL – could have guessed what Bill would say. It is a hearty fabulous soup just as it is, and yours looks delicious.

  35. Soup looks good! It’s good to have a meatless dish yet keeping it flavourful 🙂

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  36. I’m laughing at Bill’s comment. Howard doesn’t like zucchini either. I also served this during our mini-heat wave, which he didn’t like either. On the other hand, I really loved this soup. SO much flavor. Have a great visit with your family in Denver!

  37. I eat HOT soup all year round! Had some cauliflower soup yesterday and going to make some more soup today too. This looks so tasty!

  38. healthy delicious soup looks wonderful

  39. Apart from the beans, I could eat everything I could see in that soup. The idea of adding pesto is genius.

  40. It’s been a bit chilly here also. I’d love this soup with or without chicken!

  41. I’m not surprised by Bill’s response 🙂 Too funny! At least he tried it.

  42. It was amazing how hearty this soup was for not having any meat! I’m glad you liked this as much as we did.

  43. Are you sure there aren’t any raspberries in there?
    I didn’t even try feeding this soup to Joe. I just knew that an all veg soup wasn’t going to cut it (he doesn’t like soup usually anyway…)

  44. I have the opposite problem – Kevin’s gone vegan, so I had to make sure the soup was flavourful enough for him without the pesto. He liked it, so I think I succeeded. I finally posted about this one this week. Your soup turned out beautifully – sorry for making you cook soup in a heat wave, though.

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