This is a Tuscan inspired soup, really rich & thick. A meal in itself. Although this soup doesn’t have meat, it’s full of protein thanks to the white cannelloni beans & full of vitamin C thanks to the Swiss chard. It’s been chilly here to say the least lately, & this soup warmed us up…

White Bean & Swiss Chard Soup
adapted from The Whole Foods Market Cookbook

  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can 14.5oz diced tomatoes in juice
  • 9 cups cold water or veggie stock
  • 3/4 cup dried white cannelloni beans, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup long grain brown rice
  • 3 cups washed and chopped Swiss chard leaves, heavy stems removed.

In a large pot heat olive oil. Saute onions, celery, peppers and garlic. Add Tomatoes and water/stock and dried beans. Bring soup to a boil, reduce to a simmer. Simmer the soup for about 45 minutes or until beans are tender. Stir in rice and Swiss chard. Continue simmering soup for about 15 minutes until rice is cooked. Add salt & pepper to taste.  This makes about 6-8 servings.

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Served this up with some yummy crusty bread…

Image: sammyw


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