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
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.
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.
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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!