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Soup 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 2000.
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 Sauvignon Blanc.

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 concassée
  • 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 garnish

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 each ravioli.

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.