Vegetarian Chard Soup

by Dorothy Reinhold on October 20, 2020

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Vegetarian Chard Soup is a delicious, easy, healthy soup starring nutritional powerhouse Swiss chard. This is perfect for a weeknight, or how about Meatless Monday?

I had a Swiss chard plant that sprang up in my vegetable garden, unbidden but not unwelcome.
chard plant in gardenIt must have been from an errant Bright Lights chard seed that I thought never would germinate, so I planted something on top of it and went about my gardening business.

Months later, up popped a gorgeous chard. What magnificent luck!

So when I heard Emma Kelly-Hasken on Twitter talking about her dad’s chard soup, I had to have the recipe. I didn’t know her, but I reached out anyway, and since we were both chard lovers, she obliged me with the recipe. It turned out to be yummy!

She says, “It’s super easy, healthy, and delicious. My dad made up the recipe after growing an abundance of chard a couple of years ago. :)”

Chard in a raised planter bedI know what she meant about an abundance of chard! I got a new raised planter recently, and stuck a few baby rainbow chard plants in there, and look what I have now! Those leaves are as big as my head!

Healthy? I’ll say. Chard is a kind of powerhouse of nutrients. It’s one of those veggies that is said to be “nutrient dense,” which means it packs more nutrients in fewer calories, which makes it a good deal, foodwise.

I’m glad her dad had too much chard. I’m hoping to follow suit, by planting more!

How to make Vegetarian Chard Soup

chard leaves on a cutting boardGather the chard, either from your garden, or the produce section at your grocery store. Wash it well, and pat dry.

chard stems chopped on a cutting boardRemove the stems from the leaves (fold leaf in half vertically with the stem on one edge, and slice it away). Then slice stems into small pieces, say 1/4-1/2 inch thick.

Swiss Chard on the chopping boardSlice the leaves in 1- to 2-inch pieces and set aside.

Add Swiss Chard to the soup potYou’ll cook the soup for 15 or so minutes, and then add the chard leaves, so they stay bright green.

Vegetarian Chard Soup in the pot.A relatively quick time in the soup pot makes this a great weeknight dinner.
Vegetarian Chard Soup up closeThe soup is brothy, but full of healthy ingredients. You can see tomatoes, potatoes, onions and beans here.

Vegetarian Chard Soup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Vegetarian Chard Soup

A delicious, easy, healthy soup starring nutritional powerhouse Swiss chard. This one is perfect for a weeknight, or how about Meatless Monday?


  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (evoo)
  • 6 large chard leaves, stalks separated (leaves should be cut in 1- to 3-inch pieces, stalks sliced to 1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces)
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 32 ounces (4 cups) vegetable broth (or use chicken broth or stock)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini (or any white) beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large potato, diced small (I leave the skin on for more nutrition)
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Garnish: Parmesan cheese, grated (or use vegan cheese to keep this a vegan soup)


  1. Sauté onion in olive oil on medium heat, about 5-7 minutes, until onion begins to brown.
  2. Add chard stalks, stir and sauté until they are starting to get soft, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another minute.
  3. Add stock/broth, tomatoes, beans and potato, plus 1 cup water. Bring to a simmer, and simmer 10 minutes, uncovered. Add chard leaves and simmer another 5 minutes, uncovered.
  4. Add 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Portion into bowls, and once served, top with grated Parmesan cheese or vegan cheese if you prefer that.
  6. Serves 4.


Recipe source: Emma Kelly-Hasken.

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chard plant growing tallI can’t get enough of how pretty a chard plant is, whether it’s in a vegetable garden like above…

Swiss chard growing in a raised plater bed in Southern California…or a raised planter bed. See that little hole in one of the leaves? Who cares! It’s organic!

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This post was originally published October 24, 2011, and has been refreshed and republished today.

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