Spring pistou soup

August 5, 2014

This is a recipe I’ve made many times since I stumbled across a version of it on the Take Part website. Pistou is the French version of pesto – so this is a very light, vibrant French basil soup that is ideal for a springtime supper.

The original recipe was not vegan, and it was a bit heavy on the butter for my liking, so I took it upon myself to lighten and veganize the recipe. The result is a really lovely, healthy soup that packs a flavor punch.

Like most of my recipes, this one is very simple with just a few key ingredients that come together in a truly delicious, slurpy vegetable noodle soup that’s ideal for a weeknight dinner.


  • 300 grams fresh vermicelli (rice) noodles
  • 1 liter vegetable broth
  • 1 large leek, white and pale green parts only
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 2 turnips, chopped
  • 60 grams of fresh basil leaves (approx 2 packs if you buy from the shops)
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper


  • Using a mortar and pestle, smash the garlic, basil and a large pinch of salt and pepper. Add a few drops of oil at a time, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste until all the oil is used and you have a nice paste. Alternatively, you can use a blender but it won’t come out as fine. Set aside.
  • Slice and wash the leek. Heat the butter in a pan over medium heat and stir in the leek, 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/4 tsp of pepper. Cook, covered, for around 4 minutes until translucent.
  • Add the carrots and turnips, stirring until the vegetables start to go golden – around 6 minutes.
  • Stir in the broth and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook the vegetables until tender, around 10 minutes. Stir in the noodles and cook for a couple more minutes until heated through
  • Remove from the heat and add the pistou, mixing thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!
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