au Pistou with Goat Cheese Ravioli
Reprinted with permission from Terra: Cooking from
the Heart of Napa Valley by Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani.
Photography by Kiroaki Ishii and Kaoru Sakuraba. Copyright
Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA.
Adapted by StarChefs
We think this is the perfect spring soup. The pistou,
France's answer to pesto (but don't substitute pesto
here), is added at the last minute for intense fresh-herb
flavor. Keep the pistou recipe handy. You'll find it's
a great condiment in its own right, drizzled over grilled
vegetables or served alongside chicken, fish, or steak.
The ravioli couldn't be easier to make, thanks to a
secret shortcut: They're made with wonton wrappers.
Suggested Wine Pairing: Try a wine with a well
balanced grassy style and a slight richness to highlight
the vegetables and herbs in the soup. We suggest Spottswood
Yield: 4-6 servings
Goat Cheese Ravioli:
- 1 cup fresh goat cheese without a rind
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
- 2 egg yolks
- Freshly ground white pepper to taste
- ½ teaspoon water
- 18 wonton wrappers
- 1 teaspoon coarsely chopped garlic
- 2 Tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh basil
- 1 Tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons coarsely chopped tomato
- Pinch each of salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
- Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
- ½ cup onion, ¼ inch-diced
- ¼ cup celery, ¼ inch-diced
- 1/3 cup zucchini, ¼ inch-diced
- ½ cup eggplant, ¼ inch-diced
- 1/3 cup leek, ¼ inch-diced (white part only)
- ¼ teaspoon dried basil
- 7 cups chicken
stock (link to stocks)
- ¼ cup tomato
- ¼ cup tomato purée
- 2/3 cup cooked white beans
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 2 Tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for
To make the filling, combine the goat cheese, Parmesan
cheese, 1 of the egg yolks, and the pepper in a heavy-duty
mixer with the paddle attachment. Beat until smooth,
about 1 minute.
In a small bowl, combine the remaining egg yolk and
water to make an egg wash for the wonton wrappers. To
assemble the ravioli, see the directions for making
ravioli. Use a scant tablespoon of the filling for
To make the pistou, grind all the ingredients together
in a mortar with a pestle until smooth. If you don't
have a mortar and pestle, use a small food processor.
To make the soup base, heat the olive oil, garlic,
and chili flakes in a large saucepan over medium heat
and sauté until the garlic is lightly browned.
Add the onion, celery, and carrot. Increase the heat
to high and sauté, stirring often with a wooden
spatula, until the vegetables are soft, about 3 minutes.
Add the turnip, zucchini, eggplant, leek, and basil,
and sauté 5 minutes longer. Add the stock, concassée,
and tomato purée. Bring to a boil, skim off any
foam that develops, and lower the heat to a very low
simmer. Cook for about 10 minutes, then add the white
beans and cook 10 minutes longer. Season with salt and
pepper to taste. Set aside and keep warm.
To cook the ravioli, bring a large pot of salted water
to a boil. Add the ravioli and cook until translucent,
about 3 minutes. Drain the ravioli and divide them among
6 warmed serving bowls. Add the pistou to the soup and
simmer for 5 seconds. Ladle the soup over the ravioli
and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.