nutritional information

Per 1 1/2-cup serving:

  • Calories: 169
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Total Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 21 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 367 mg
  • Fiber: 6 g
  • Sugar: 6 g
Vegan Gluten-Free

Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato Soup with White Beans & Swiss Chard

Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato Soup with White Beans & Swiss Chard

Serves 8

30 minutes or fewer

Years ago, Abigail Henson's sister, Mary Boccardo, turned her on to the idea of cooking school after seeing an ad for the Natural Gourmet Institute in the back of VT. Their paths led them away from their dreams of writing cookbooks and opening a teahouse together, but both sisters eventually enrolled in the Natural Gourmet Institute. Abigail came up with this soup on a cold winter night. “As usually happens with soup, it made itself with the ingredients I had on hand,” she explains. “I used sun-dried tomatoes as the star ingredient, and everything else just seemed to evolve.”
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbs.)
  • ½ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (1 ½ cups)
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced (1 cup)
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped (½ cup)
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced (1 cup)
  • ½ tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 15-oz. cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 15-oz. can small white beans or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped, plus 2 Tbs. oil from jar
  • ½ bunch (6 oz.) Swiss chard, chopped
  • ½ tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 cup torn fresh basil

1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and red pepper flakes, and cook 1 minute, or until garlic is fragrant. Stir in onion, carrots, celery, zucchini, and rosemary, and cook 10 to 15 minutes, or until onions are soft.

2. Add broth, 1 can tomatoes, and beans. Scoop 1 cup mixture into food processor or blender, and add remaining can of tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, and sun-dried tomato oil. Purée until smooth, stir mixture into soup, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Simmer 10 minutes.

3. Add Swiss chard and thyme; simmer 5 minutes more, or until chard is wilted. Remove pan from heat, and stir in basil.

January 2010 p.65

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Pretty good. I might blend more beans next time to make it creamier. I love "creamy" vegan stuff.

Amc - 2014-12-24 16:41:52

Really delicious soup! It's a winner at our house served with grilled cheese. I would highly recommend making this soup.

Dipz - 2014-09-26 22:08:36

Much better the second day and with some added salt!

Christie - 2014-01-08 01:44:34

I made this for dinner last night. It was easy and full of flavor! We will be making this again! Thanks!

Lanae Cordes - 2014-01-04 23:35:48

Good soup

Michele - 2013-12-17 23:12:18

This is wonderful! I'm so glad I found this recipe! All of the herbs are so tasty! This is a winner on a cold, snowy night! My kitchen smells fantastic:)

Kristi - 2013-12-16 23:31:52

Try this one!

Michele - 2013-12-15 22:44:55

Soup recipe

Michele - 2013-12-14 16:15:37

Since Veg Times first shared this years ago, this has been my favorite soup. I substitute the canned tomatoes for 1-1/2 lbs of diced romas, go heavy on the red pepper flakes for more heat, go generous with the Swiss chard, and add 2 TBSP of fresh lemon juice.

Janet - 2013-12-11 13:51:55

This is really one of the best soups I've ever made! Really great the next day as well!

Sarah Burns Warman - 2013-12-06 21:36:20

Love you.

Sally - 2013-11-10 19:34:30

This is a wonderful idea for a vegetarian soup! I'm always looking for flavorful ways to use beans.

The Omnivore - 2013-03-04 18:51:50

This soup had a lot of flavors! A little too strong on the basil for me though! Will make again with less!

Amber Richardson - 2013-01-18 16:47:49

This is a new favorite in our home. So healthy and chalked full of yummy veggies. I have also added kale and spinach to this recipe and its a great way to add more greens into you diet.

Kris - 2012-10-16 01:50:23

wonderful! I made this today, instead of canned tomatos I used fresh blanced ones.

Alex - 2012-07-29 20:48:39