Ina’s recipes are big so I halved the recipe and got four servings. This soup is filled with vegetable goodness; onions, leeks, potatoes, carrots and green beans. They all tasted fresh and crisp. The base is chicken stock and I did not make homemade. The pistou was a great addition and I would not skip it. Made with garlic, tomato paste, basil, Parmesan and olive oil. My pistou was more red than green due to the small basil leaves I used but it still tasted good. This soup reheated well so it is good for leftovers. My husband did not like the spaghetti pieces and would have preferred a different pasta that fit on the spoon better but I didn’t mind. I am sure any pasta would work.
Provencal Vegetable Soup (Soupe Au Pistou) page 82 or from FoodNetwork.