What is Pistou? A Provençal Classic, explained


Pistou, or pistou sauce, is a Provençal cold sauce traditionally made from cloves of garlic, fresh basil, and olive oil. It is related to pesto, but the biggest difference between the two is that pistou doesn't include pine nuts.

We love a dish with history, and pistou doesn't disappoint. Pistou is the Provençal word for "pounded" as pistou is traditionally made by crushing the ingredients together using a mortar and pestle. Psitou is a typical condiment in areas of France and Italy, and like all dishes with history, every culture has their own way of serving it. In Italy, pistou is typically served over pasta or as a topping for bread. In the Provence region of France, you're more likely to see it topping the region's most classic soup, Soupe au Pistou. Our version uses apples and parsley and is the perfect topping for hearty soups!