Pistou recipe

Pistou - a hearty french soup.

Pistou – a hearty french soup.

It seems that I have been on a soup kick lately. On Monday I tried out this recipe from the Nutritional Yeast Cookbook by Joanne Stepaniak. She describes it as a hearty french soup. I modified the recipe some to start off with, especially the quantities, since the original recipe would not have yielded much soup, and I like to have leftovers. Here is what I used:

  • 2 leeks
  • 6 medium white potatoes
  • 9 cups vegetable broth
  • Spices: sage, oregano, and thyme
  • 2 cans kidney beans
  • I bag italian style frozen vegetables (carrots, cauliflower, green beans, zucchini, and onions
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/8 cup minced fresh basil
  • One box whole wheat rotini

I sauteéd the leeks for a bit in olive oil, then added the potatoes, broth, and spices. I cooked it covered for about 15 minutes, then added the beans and vegetables, and cooked for another 5 minutes. Then I added the rotini. Meanwhile I stirred together the nutritional yeast, basil, and tomato paste in a small bowl, then gradually added a bit more water, until it was a thick sauce. Then I added this to the soup, and cooked another 5 minutes, until the pasta was al dente.

It turned out to be very tasty and creamy. Thanks to Joanne Stepaniak for the inspiration!

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  3. Any hot soup releases warm vapors that can help loosen phlegm. The chicken part comes from fact that the mom on the farm (anywhere in the world) would sacrifice a laying hen to comfort her sick child. Hence, the curative nature of chicken soup.