This is a signature starter in France, light and flavorful.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
1 medium onion, minced
1 small leek, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 large celery stalk, chopped
28 oz can tomatoes, or 2 large fresh, diced
1 small potato, diced
8 c water
2 tsp salt
1 15 1/2 oz can great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
4 c green beans, fresh or frozen
4 c fresh baby spinach
2 c fresh basil, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 c olive oil
2/3 c Parmesan or other hard grating cheese
1 tsp black pepper
Heat olive oil in a large soup pot, add onion, leek, carrot and celery. Saute until aromatic.
Add tomatoes and potato, stir to mix. Add water and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 15-20 minutes.
Add beans and spinach. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, make pistou by mixing basil, garlic and olive oil in a small food processor until smooth.
Stir in pistou, cheese, and black pepper. Serve with crusty bread or a beautiful green salad.
Serves 5 as a main, 10 as a side.
Recipe modified from Joy of Cooking