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Vegetarian Chard Soup

Recipe: Chard Soup

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

Ingredients

  • Vegetarian Chard Soup up close [1]1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (evoo)
  • 4-6 large chard leaves, stalks separated (leaves should be in 1- to 3-inch pieces, stalks sliced to ¼-½ inch pieces)
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 32 ounces vegetable broth (or use chicken broth or stock)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini (or any white) beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large potato, diced {I leave the skin on for more nutrition}
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Garnish: Parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions

  1. Sauté onion in olive oil on medium heat. {I cooked for about 5-7 minutes, until onion begins to brown.}
  2. Add chard stalks, stir and sauté until they are starting to get soft. Add garlic and chard leaves. {See my note below. I would add the stalks here, but save the leaves for later.} Cover and stir occasionally, cook on medium heat for 10-15 min. (until the leaves begin to shrink). {I added the stalks and garlic and cooked for about 2-3 minutes.}
  3. Add stock/broth, tomatoes, beans and potato, plus 1 cup water. Bring to a simmer, and cook 10 minutes, uncovered. {I cooked this step about 15 minutes, adding the leaves at the halfway point.}
  4. Add 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Portion into bowls, and once served, top with grated Parmesan cheese.

Quick notes

About the source: Emma Kelly-Hasken has a beauty & lifestyle blog, which you can visit here [2].

Variations

My change: I recommend adding the chard leaves about 5-7 minutes before the soup is done, to retain a brighter green color.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 25 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

My rating 4 stars:  ★★★★☆ 1 review(s)

chard plant growing tall [3]

Can't get enough of how pretty a chard plant is!