Bean Soup with Pistou

Preparation info
  • Serves


    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      1 hr 20

Appears in
The French Kitchen: A Cookbook

By Joanne Harris and Fran Warde

Published 2002

  • About

This is a light and evocative dish, filled with the tastes, colours and scents of approaching summer. It is extremely therapeutic to make, especially if you make the pistou by hand.


  • 125 g dried red haricot beans
  • 125 g dried white haricot beans
  • 1


Soak the beans overnight in a saucepan of cold water. The next day, drain them, rinse well and return to the pan. Cover with water, bring to the boil and simmer for 1 hour. Skim off any froth that rises to the top during cooking. Drain and set aside.

Then make the pistou. You can make it by hand in a pestle and mortar, or use a small blender. Combine the garlic and basil leaves u