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Please don’t tell me you’re one of those people who buys Swiss chard and throws away the stalks. They’re equally as delicious as the leaves, but many people are in a quandry knowing what to do with them. They make great fritters, something my mom made when we were growing up, (recipe here), but another way to use them is in a vegetable soup — perfect for the fall weather that is descending on us here in the Northeastern U.S.

These are the stalks from some multi-colored Swiss chard my father grew in his garden. Just chop them up into small bits, along with the leaves and follow the recipe below.

After you’ve sautéed the onion and garlic, add all the rest of the ingredients to the pot and let it simmer for about a 1/2 hour to 45 minutes. I also added in some fresh corn, since it was summer when I took these photos and corn flavor was at its peak. Add more liquid (water or chicken stock) to the pot if necessary.

Grate some parmesan cheese over the top and serve with some hearty toasted bread that’s been drizzled with olive oil and salt. Enjoy a healthy and delicious bowl of soup.

And while we’re on the subject of healthy, I received this water pitcher from Shantiva and so can you. Aside from serving water in a beautiful, hand-hammered copper pitcher, drinking from a copper vessel has health advantages too, according to Shantiva’s webpage. Water from a copper pitcher can enhance digestion, decrease the risk of bacterial infection, improve cardiovascular and thyroid health and stimulate the brain, among other things. Who wouldn’t want that? Shantiva has graciously agreed to send one of my readers one of these lovely pitchers. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post (NOT in an email) and tell me what healthy food you like to consume after indulging in what you think is bad eating. And don’t forget to leave a way for me to contact you — whether through email or through a blog you may also write.

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Vegetable and Swiss Chard Stalk Soup and a Giveaway
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 large bunch of Swiss chard, stalks diced and leaves roughly chopped
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 cup of fresh tomatoes, diced (or one small can diced tomatoes)
  • 1 small can cannellini beans
  • 1 cup of green beans, cut into small pieces
  • kernels from two ears of corn (optional)
  • 6 cups either water or chicken broth, or a combination of both
  • a parmesan cheese rind
  • a nice handful of parsley, minced
  • salt, pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Pour the olive oil into a large pot and saute the onion and garlic until soft on low temperature. Do not let them brown. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the green beans and the parsley, and let everything cook together for about ½ hour. If you have fresh corn, add the kernels from that too. Add more water or chicken broth if the soup is too thick.
  2. Add the green beans and cook until they are tender, about ten minutes.
  3. Stir the parsley at the last minute before serving, to get a fresher taste.
  4. Remove the parmesan cheese rind, and serve with grated parmesan and Italian bread that's been toasted and smeared with olive oil and salt.
 

 

 

 

 

 

This Post Has 15 Comments
  1. After indulging (like I did this morning on a bagel loaded with cream cheese), I like to spend the day drinking water! In my mind, I’m flushing that gluten and carbs right out of my system!! The pitcher is stunning!!

  2. We often buy Swiss Chard as we love its taste. I do chop the stems and I saute them along with chopped onions, garlic and tomatoes, then add the leaves and cooked potatoes and spices to make a vegetarian skillet meal, but I like your idea to make soup with them! It looks so delicious.

    I love copper everything and have quite a bit in my home. It’s a very warm and alluring metal. I never knew it had health benefits– so interesting!

  3. After some unhealthy eating I’ll usually go for a salad and a good piece of fish. I’m going to try this recipe. Looks delicious.

  4. Hi, thanks for the update about the site being “fixed” and the chance to reply again! 🙂
    So, after a day of over indulging, I will spend the next day or two drinking lots of water with lemon or lime and mint. I love the fresh flavors. I also try and eat plenty of greek yogurt with chia seeds and fresh apples.

  5. This soup is just what I need after a week of too much rich food. I never know what to do with Swiss chard but you gave me a great idea.

  6. Great post! My go-to after overindulging is escarole, sautéed in olive oil with garlic, and pepperoncino. Hammered copper is always very stylish; thanks for the sponsoring the giveaway.

  7. Beautiful soup, beautiful pitcher! Me? Eat unhealthy foods? Ha! I would feel better after indulging by eating a clear broth chicken soup with carrots and peas. Thank you for the opportunity!

  8. Love some hummus and celery/carrots after a night of indulging! Refreshing and light snack after eating a plate of nachos (by myself) lol

    @thishungryblonde

  9. Looking forward to trying this recipe, it looks delicious and I love swiss chard! Fall is the perfect time for soups….Love your blog, and your recipes, I’ve been following you for several years! The water pitcher is lovely – thanks for the opportunity to enter to win. All the best!

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