Soupe au Pisto is a soup I might suggest four months from now during the blistering days of summer when basil reaches its zenith, and zucchini and summer squash are collected by the bushel. Those days still seem far away, yet at this week’s market we find an early batch of organic basil grown as a “tunnel crop” inside a covered garden.
The winter root vegetable stash is running low but we still have bright orange carrots and purple-top turnips. With this motley assortment, we can manage to create something easy and special that makes sense this time of year, as well as during the hot months of summer when we will substitute root vegetables with the season’s new crop.
Soupe au Pistou is brilliant in its simplicity. A basic vegetable soup that becomes a revelation with a drizzle of pistou, the Provençal version of pesto without nuts….