Soupe au pistou with 13 vegetables

Yield: 12 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 cup Small dried white beans
\N \N (Great Northern) -- soaked
\N \N Overnight in
\N \N Cold Water
1 medium Yellow onion -- peeled,
\N \N Cut In Half And
\N \N Stuck With 2 Cloves
1 \N Bay leaf
4 teaspoons Salt
1 tablespoon Olive oil
3 mediums Red onions -- diced
½ teaspoon Pepper -- freshly ground
3 \N Cloves garlic -- minced
2 \N Leeks -- white and light
\N \N Green Parts Only,
\N \N Washed And Sliced Th
2 \N Ribs celery -- sliced thin
2 \N Carrots -- peeled,
\N \N Halved lengthwise -- and
\N \N Sliced thin
2 \N Purple turnips -- peeled,
\N \N Cut into small wedges
½ cup White wine
1 \N Bay leaf
\N \N Bouquet Garni:
3 \N Sprigs thyme
1 \N Sprig rosemary
\N \N Parsley (small amount)
\N \N Tied together
6 cups Vegetable Stock(Or 8 Cups)
\N \N Or
\N \N Chicken stock OR
\N \N Water
1 cup Small pasta such as tubetti
1 small Bulb fennel -- cored,
\N \N Cut In Half Lengthwi
\N \N And Sliced Thin
1 medium Zucchini -- cut in half
\N \N Lengthwise
\N \N Sliced 1/2\" Thick
2 smalls Yellow squash -- Sliced 1/2\"
\N \N Thick
2 \N Ripe tomatoes(or 3) -- Cored
\N \N Chunked
1 cup Baby Peas (Fresh Or Frozen)
2 cups Spinach leaves -- washed
\N \N And
\N \N Cut into wide strips
½ bunch Parsley -- washed, picked
\N \N And chopped (about 1/2 cup)

Drain and rinse white beans. Place in medium saucepan with enough water to cover by an inch. Add onion halves (with cloves) and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook covered very gently ½ hour. Skim any foam that has accumulated on the surface.

Add water to just cover beans if necessary. Add 2 teaspoons salt and continue to cook 1530 minutes until beans are creamy inside but still intact. Remove bay leaf and onion halves, and set beans aside in their cooking liquid until needed. In the meantime, heat olive oil in large kettle or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions, season with remaining salt and pepper, and cook 58 minutes until softened. Add garlic, stir, cook 2 minutes or until fragrant. Add leeks, celery, carrots, turnips and sweat 5 minutes. Add wine, bay leaf, bouquet garni and simmer until wine is reduced by half. Add stock or water and bring to the simmer. Add pasta and cook until pasta is almost al dente. Add fennel, zucchini and squash, the cooked white beans and their cooking liquid, and cookfive minutes; add tomatoes and cook two more minutes. Finally, add peas and spinach and cook 1 minute, until peas are tender. Add parsley, taste and adjust seasoning if needed.

Remove bay leaf and bouquet garni. Serve with a dollop of pistou swirled in. Yield: 12 servings (freezes well) Copyright, 1996, TV FOOD NETWORK, G.P., All Rights Reserved 10/21/96 show Recipe By : TOO HOT TAMALES SHOW #TH

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