Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Recipe: Simple and Healthy Swiss Chard Artichoke Soup

Swiss chard and artichoke soup - FarmgirlFare.com
Thickened with garbanzo beans and made with milk, not cream, this flavorful soup is cozy comfort food at its healthy best (recipe here).

It's homemade soup week here on Farmgirl Fare! In honor of the single digit degree mornings we've been having, I thought I would highlight a few more of my favorite soup recipes from the recipe archives. There's nothing like a steaming bowl of homemade soup to warm you inside and out. It's easy to make, tastes great, and the delicious aroma that fills your kitchen is oh so comforting.

I've already mentioned my popular Roasted Garlic Lover's White Bean Soup/Stew with Vegetables and Herbs and this sublime Roasted Leek and Potato with Arugula (or Spinach). Here's another healthy favorite: Swiss Chard and Artichoke Soup. It's a slurpable version of my Hot Swiss Chard and Artichoke Dip that's low in fat, full of flavor, and packed with vegetable goodness. It's not exactly beautiful, but it tastes really good.

Have you discovered the joys of Swiss chard yet? This tasty, nutrient-packed green is a mainstay in my organic heirloom kitchen garden. There's even some thriving in the unheated, homemade greenhouse right now. If I were allowed to grow just two things, they would be tomatoes and Swiss chard. We almost always have an abundance of chard, so it was only natural that I would eventually turn some into soup. Both the leaves and stalks are used in this recipe.

Swiss chard is cold tolerant, heat tolerant, and even more versatile than spinach. It's easy to grow from seed, comes in all sorts of colors and sizes, and thrives in containers. I'm thrilled that one of the most popular posts on my kitchen garden blog for the past five years has been How To Grow Your Own Swiss Chard from Seed (and Why You Should). I'm on a one farmgirl mission to get everyone loving this gorgeous leafy green.

Wondering what else to do with Swiss chard?

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4 comments:

  1. I'm lovin' all your soup recipes this week! :)
    Swiss chard is such a great veggie, easy to grow and very prolific, definitely worth a spot in every garden!

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing your recipes with us! They all look fab--we rely on soup as our dinner much of the winter.

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  3. As far as I am considered, your mission is accomplished. You have helped me become one of the converted. I LOVE Swiss chard and won't be without it. Thanks so much for that Susan. Now I'm off to enjoy your Swiss chard and artichoke soup! Stay warm!

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  4. I made this soup over the weekend and it's incredibly yummy and satisfying. My only problem: I had both green and red Swiss chard in my garden (miraculously plugging away despite having been buried in the snow) so my soup turned out to be a very ugly shade of brown. It didn't stop me from eating it, though!

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