Total Time
1hr 24mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 4 mins

From Real Simple Magazine April 2005. A good use for leftover stale bread. (I have corrected the amount of salt.)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place a Dutch oven or a soup pot over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the oil and onion and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the celery, carrots, and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the potato and cook until it has started to soften, about 6 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes, wine, broth, beans, and 2 cups of water. Place the Swiss chard on top, cover, and bring to a boil. Uncover, stir to combine, and simmer gently for 45 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in the salt and pepper gently to combine. (At this point the soup can be chilled for reheating and serving the next day.).
  3. Divide the bread among serving bowls. Ladle the hot soup over the bread and finish with a drizzle of olive oil or pesto, if desired.
Most Helpful

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Very good but think there is an error in amount of salt. We used peppered bacon, only one bunch of swiss chard and skipped the bread and pesto sauce for a very filling and good dinner soup. Thanks for sharing!