Black Bean and Pistou Soup

Preparation info
  • Makes about 7 cups 1.75 l ) ;


    first-course servings
    • Difficulty


Appears in
Soup: A Way of Life

By Barbara Kafka

Published 1998

  • About

This incredibly simple soup is a great pleasure on a cold night in the fall. The pistou is nutless and cheeseless. It can be replaced with one recipe of Pesto, or store-bought (when in a hurry and using canned beans).


  • 1 pound (450 g) black beans, soaked according to any of the methods and drained, or 6 cups


If using dried beans, in a medium saucepan, combine the beans with water to cover by 2 inches (5 cm). Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 1 hour, or until the beans are very