Vegetable Soup with Sweet Basil

Vegetable Soup with Sweet Basil




  • 2 small leeks, white part only
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled
  • 6 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 4 medium garlic cloves
  • 30 fresh basil leaves, washed and dried
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Sea salt


  1. Cut the leeks, onions, celery, zucchini, green beans, and carrots into ¼ inch diced cubes.
  2. In a 6-qt stockpot, combine 3 Tbsp of the olive oil with the water.  Add the vegetables and sauté over medium-low heat until all the water evaporates.  Do not brown the vegetables.
  3. Add the stock and bring to a boil.  Cook at a gently boil for 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a food processor fitted with the metal blade, basil, garlic, and remaining 3 Tbsp of olive oil.  Pulse until pureed.  If this equipment is unavailable mince these ingredients then add to soup.
  5. Stir the puree into the cooked soup.  Do not let the soup return to a boil.  Season, to taste, with sea salt, pepper.  Serve the soup hot.

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