Swiss Chard Soup

It’s the middle of “winter” here in Central Florida and we have a bumper crop of Swiss Chard. Chard is one of our favorite greens, as it is mild-tasting and goes in many different dishes. It’s also pretty easy to grow. We’ve had some leaves this year that look like elephant ears! What to do with all of it??? Well, chard goes great in a variety of soups and we all enjoyed this one. I hope you do too!


  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 4-6 large chard leaves, stalks separated (leaves should be in 1- to 3-inch pieces, stalks sliced to ¼-½ inch pieces)
  • 2-3 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 32 ounces vegetable broth (I like McKay’s)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini (or any white) beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large potato, diced
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Water sauté onion over 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. Add garlic and chard leaves.  Cover and stir occasionally, cooking on medium heat for 10-15 min. (until the leaves begin to shrink).
  3. Add broth, tomatoes, beans and potato, plus 1 cup water. Bring to a simmer, and cook about 15 minutes, uncovered.
  4. Add 1 T balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Portion into bowls, and serve. (The flavors actually develop even more the longer it sits. I like to make soups like this and serve them the next day for the best flavor).

Approximately 12 servings

About 60 calories per serving!

    { 3 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 Lucille January 8, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Sounds a lot like my soup. I also include zucchini rings, some celery, a can of red beans as well as white beans and lots of fresh herbs. Sometimes some chopped cabbage to. Never used balsamic vinegar, though I do love it. (I’ll try that) I have 3 quarts in the fridge right now!


    2 Kathy C. January 23, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Hi Nancy,

    This looks good. I tried to grow Swiss Chard this year and had no luck. The seeds came up,but never took off. Got any SC tips? 🙂


    3 Nancy March 24, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Hi Kathy,
    Not really except try, try again! It’s always been pretty easy to grow for us with just normal soil, water and fertilizer. Give it another shot!


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