Tuesday, May 17, 2011

{Spring Vegetable Soup}

This soup is as bright and nourishing as spring itself. Made with potatoes and green beans
that are in season -- it's a low work intensive, low ingredient, low cost cousin to Julia
Child's Soup au Pistou. Here's how to make it ...

extra virgin olive oil
2 med leeks (white and green parts), halved lengthwise, cut into 1/4 inch slices and cleaned
coarse salt and ground pepper
5 c. low sodium, organic vegetable broth
1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 pound green beans, trimmed and halved
1 bunch parsley, stems and all
ten or so basil leaves
a splash of fresh lemon juice
2-3 cloves garlic (not pictured)

In a pot, heat 2 teaspoons of oil over medium-high. Add leeks and season with salt and
pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until leeks are soft and lightly browned, about 6
minutes. Add broth and potatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until
potatoes are barely tender, about 10 minutes. Add green beans and cook until crisp-
tender, about 6 more minutes.

Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine parsley, basil, garlic, salt, dash of lemon juice
and EVOO until in pesto form or finely chopped. Remove soup from heat and stir in pesto.

Modified slightly from Martha Stewart's Everyday Food Magazine.

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Olivia said...

Yum! This looks so good. Definitely on my list of stuff to make!

Judee @ Gluten Free A-Z said...

I'm visiting from Tasty Tuesday. I love soup and love the idea of this green spring soup. Looks really delicious.

Shu Han said...

that is literally bursting with spring! i like how you made use of so much of spring's produce at a go!