These instructions will help you make Pistou soup, a delicious and nutritious meal that is easy to freeze and store for a quick dinner on a cold winter night. This recipe is perfect for those with basic cooking knowledge. Total cooking time is one hour, however hands-on time is only 30 minutes. This recipe will make eight to ten meals and the total ingredient cost is about ten dollars. 

Step 1: What to Buy


1 large onion    
1/2 lb. fresh tomatoes
3/4 c. olive oil    
3/4 c. red potatoes (unpeeled)
3/4 c. carrots
1/2 lb. fresh tomatoes
1 leek
1/4 c. celery leaves
1 qt. chicken broth  
1 qt. water  
1 1/2 t. salt  
pepper to taste
1-14 oz. can navy beans
1/2 lb. fresh green beans
1 medium zucchini
1 pork & chicken italian sausage (see image for details)
1/2 package fresh spinach
1 3-oz. package dried beef
1 c. whole-grain spaghetti noodles
3 cloves garlic
1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 c. dried basil   
1 6-oz. can tomato paste

It is important to buy nice, crisp vegetables for this recipe, however the variety of vegetable is unimportant (e.g. Roma tomatoes versus Heirloom tomatoes). I chose to use pork & chicken sausage in this recipe to make it healthier, but traditional pork sausage is a perfectly acceptable alternative. I also used canned navy beans to cut down on cost and prep time, but if you are trying to avoid canned food you can buy dried navy beans and let them simmer in water  for 2 1/2 hours or until soft.
Great soup! Thanks.

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