Pistou Soup

Serves 4

4 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, chopped

3 leeks, sliced

3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

3 potatoes, chopped

3 carrots, chopped

2 fresh bay leaves

1 celery stick, chopped

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

3 zucchinis, chopped

250g baby green beans

1 x 400g can cannellini beans, drained

1 x 400g can borlotti beans, drained

1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes

70g small macaroni

Pistou Sauce

5 garlic cloves

Small handful fresh basil leaves

60g grated parmesan

3 tablespoons olive oil

Heat the oil in large saucepan over a medium heat and sauté the onion, leeks and garlic for 5 minutes. Add all the other ingredients except the pasta, cover with water, season well and simmer till the vegetables are tender. Add the pasta and simmer till cooked, adding water if the soup is too thick.

For the pistou sauce, combine the garlic, basil and sea salt in a mortar and pound with pestle until puréed, add the parmesan and olive oil to make a paste. Serve the soup with a dollop of pistou.

The Culinary Chase's Note:  So many nutritious ingredients and amazing flavors!!