I was inspired to make this soup after my French friend, Zilia, made it for me on a recent Saturday afternoon in the Hamptons. She is a natural cook and has been making this wonderful soup since she learned how from her own mother. I think the tendency to make wholesome food from scratch is one of the reasons French women don’t have to worry about their weight!
The only thing you need to make this soup besides fresh, seasonal vegetables, is an Immersion Blender. It’s an invaluable tool that every Chef has in their kitchen! This great tool can turn any ingredient into a puree with simply a flip of the switch.
This soup can be made with whatever seasonal veggies you happen to have on hand. You can use a vegetable stock to make the soup completely vegetarian, or you can use a chicken stock which may give you a richer flavor. Of course you can also make your own stock.
As your hearty soup simmers, you can prepare the crunchy candied walnuts for your salad, and the toasted pine nuts for your soup. Nuts are SO important to incorporate into your diet…they offer the same nutritional benefits as a piece of fish, and we all know how heart-smart fish is! Eating a handful of walnuts everyday will help lower your cholesterol, your risk of heart disease, and the level of inflammation in your body. Pine nuts are a rich source of amino acids and a handful supplies you with 31 grams of healthy protein, the highest among all nuts and seeds!
*The original blog was called Flavors in Love. All material has been transferred and some has been edited for easier reading, and archiving.