Julia Child's Soupe au Pistou (Vegetable Soup) | Jamie & Julia


In search of a perfect vegetable soup… I found one! Julia Child’s Soupe au Pistou
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Soup Ingredients:

3 quarts water
2 cups potatoes
2 cups diced carrots
2 cups diced onion or white of leek
1 tablespoon salt
2 cups canned white navy or kidney beans, drained
1/3 cup broken spaghetti
1 slice stale white bread, crumbled
2 cups fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch lengths
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Optional : pinch of saffron

4 cloves crushed garlic
6 tablespoons tomato puree
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 to 1/2 cup fruity olive oil





  1. I've been making Soup au Pistou for years from Julia Childe's last/famous cookbook (The Way to Cook). In my opinion, the latter version is superior. Note that pistou is the French version of Italian pesto (which is added at the table in a dollop in the latter version). Also, use fresh basil. It makes a big difference. Finally, this recipe didn't call for saffron? Saffron is the magic ingredient in Soup au Pistou. With all that said, I'm enjoying your vids, mistakes and all. They remind me of when I first started tackling Julia's recipes.

  2. I’m literally sitting here eating a bowl of this magnificent soup thanks to you, Jamie. I’ve enjoyed cooking for many years but this got past my radar. It’s now at the top of my favourites list. That Pistou is magical. I so love your channel because you’re a joy to watch and I learn all these fantastic new recipes.Thanks from lockdown in Ontario❣️
    Edit: Forgot to say that I used black beans cuz that’s what I had, I don’t know if that’s blasphemous but it was delicious.

  3. This looks really good! I have flagged it to try in my own kitchen. I'm glad you left the boo-boo parts in. I think we all have days like that. It's good to be able to laugh at yourself sometimes! 😀 But please, Jamie, get yourself a decent can opener! I'd hate for you to cut yourself one day.

  4. Love your channel ❤ because I cook👩‍🍳 just like you, 😆 getting my kitchen messy, cut vegetables like you, throw ingredients in the pot, no measuring spoon for spices 🤗 just eye ball it & having fun! Oh yeah, praying 🙏 it comes out tasty 🤔
    AND.. It does 👌😁
    Thank you for being so down to earth!!
    Watching from Hawaii …
    🏝 🌞 🏄‍♀️🤙

  5. I'm really starting to get into your videos, not sure how many there are or how long you have been posting. Would like to see some earlier videos just to see how much you have improved. I'm pretty good in the kitchen but to create what you do take a challenge in a half. Great work