Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins
Just made this for lunch on my third day of the south beach diet. It is really wonderful--of course, I did triple the garlic and add more red pepper flakes, but this does not taste like diet food! Enjoy! Use vegetable broth to make this vegetarian/vegan.
- 680.38 g swiss chard (I used kale) or 680.38 g escarole (I used kale) or 680.38 g beet leaves, trimmed (I used kale)
- 1419.54 ml chicken broth (I used half of each) or 1419.54 ml vegetable broth (I used half of each)
- 1-5 garlic clove (I'm sure I used at least 5!)
- 236.59 ml cooked white beans (I used northern beans, cannellini or other white beans would work too) or 236.59 ml canned white beans (I used northern beans, cannellini or other white beans would work too)
- kosher salt, to taste
- white pepper, to taste
- freshly grated parmesan cheese (to finish)
- red pepper flakes (for garnish)
- Bring large pot of water to a boil.
- Boil greens for about 5 minutes, just till tender, and then plunge into water to stop cooking.
- Squeeze out as much water as possible and set aside (you can do this step before you make the rest of the soup.).
- Bring broth to simmer in large pot over med-high heat.
- Add garlic and greens, and beans (if using canned, rinse and drain to rid the excess sodium!) Simmer gently for about ten minutes, partially covered.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Ladle soup into bowls.
- Pass cheese and pepper flakes at table.
I have made this before, and it is just wonderful (and very SBD friendly. I use a big bag of "Chard of Many Colors" from Trader Joe's, with canellini beans. If I want the soup as a meal by itself, I'll throw in some turkey sausage, but it's a wonderful soup either way. Thanks for posting this!
Wow! This has got a TON of flavor for such a healthy soup. I did double the beans as we were having it with a salad so I wanted a bit more substance. Also, I boiled the garlic with the broth, which I think opened the flavor a bit. This soup keeps wonderfully for leftovers (I used Kale) and makes a great take-to-work snack. Thanks!