Tuscan Swiss Chard and Beans Soup

Tuscan Swiss Chard and Beans Soup is a blend of freshly chopped Swiss chard and cannellini beans. Healthy, easy to make, and the perfect soup to make for a weeknight meal.  A simple combination of healthy greens, and white beans, along with 5 additional ingredients, makes this soup totally delicious and ready to serve in 30 minutes!

Tuscan Swiss Chard and Beans Soup…

We enjoy making soups every week.

Recently, we posted our brothy white beans soup, hearty lentil soup, and our new lemon orzo soup, just to name a few.

Be sure to try them!

But our Tuscan Swiss chard and beans soup is one of our favorites!

It’s SO DELICIOUS… you’ll want a second bowl.

It is similar to our mom’s escarole and beans soup, only this Swiss chard, and beans soup is sweeter tasting, more flavorful, and melts-in-your- mouth.



What is Swiss Chard?

Swiss chard is a leafy green vegetable, closely related to spinach, but much sweeter in flavor. 

Their long stalks come either in white or rainbow color but are not as tough as kale.

Swiss chard is a wonderful green vegetable to saute or steam with other vegetables to create a flavorful broth.

Tuscan Swiss Chard and Beans Soup by 2sistersrecipes.com
Tuscan Swiss Chard and Beans Soup by 2sistersrecipes.com

Reasons to love our Tuscan Swiss Chard and Beans soup…

  • Packed with nutrients, Swiss chard contains high amounts of vitamins A, C, and K along with magnesium, iron, potassium, and dietary fiber.
  • Plus, white beans are an excellent source of protein and fiber.
  • In addition, they help lower cholesterol and regulate blood sugar levels.
  • Swiss chard and beans soup makes an economical meal that is quick and satisfying.  And it will feed a hungry family in a hurry!

A Win-Win, all the way!!


What To Look For When Purchasing Swiss Chard? 

When looking for Swiss Chard, you should look for:

  • leaves that are a bright green color, not brown.
  • their white stalks should be long and thin (not wider than 1 inch).
  • leaves should be crisp and healthy-looking – not wilting.
  • no yellowing or discoloring found

A photo of fresh Swiss chard on the counter. by 2sistersrecipes.com

When Shopping for Swiss Chard….here’s a Great Tip!

When I can’t find “fresh- clean-looking” Swiss chard at the market, I ask someone in the produce section if they are willing to bring out a new box of fresh ones.  And without any hesitation, they comply.

How to Make Tuscan Swiss Chard and Beans Soup?

As soon as I get home, I always get started with prepping my Swiss chard for this soup.

1.  For this recipe, it’s best to finely chop Swiss chard, about 3/4 -inch to 1-inch wide, especially the white stems.

2.  Next, give a good rinse in a tall pot or large bowl.  Then drain in a colander and set the chard aside.

3.  Open the cans of beans and rinse them under cold water, then drain.

4.  Then get started on making the soup.

 Chopped Swiss chard on a white cutting board. by 2sistersecipes.com


For our easy step-by-step photos and tutorial, go to How to Clean Swiss Chard post.


ok… let’s get started! 

Directions to make our Soup…

1.  First, saute some garlic in olive oil and add pepper flakes.

2.  Toss in the chopped and rinsed Swiss chard, then the beans followed by the seasonings, broth, water, and chopped tomato.

3.  Cover with a lid, and allow the soup to simmer for a few minutes more until it’s ready!

It’s that easy!

Tuscan Swiss Chard and Beans Soup by 2sistersrecipes.com

Variations and Tips…

  • Great Northern beans will work as well with this recipe. 
  • Also, adding in 1 chopped tomato adds not only a little color but enhances the flavors in this soup as well.
  • The soup will stay fresh for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
  • For additional flavor, drop a rind of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese to simmer with the soup. Then remove and discard when the soup is ready to serve.
  • Use vegan cheese to make it vegan.
  • This soup is very flavorful, but if you prefer, you can serve it with grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese or vegan cheese at the table.

Tuscan Swiss Chard and Beans Soup bursts with so much flavor everyone will want a second bowl of this delicious soup. 

Besides the healthy greens in this soup, cannellini beans are perfect for this soup since they don’t need a long time to simmer to soften; and they’re sweet in flavor.

Tuscan Swiss Chard and Beans Soup makes the perfect meal for those meatless nights, and if you have leftovers, it reheats beautifully.

Try this recipe, it won’t disappoint.


Additional recipes for Swiss Chard and other soups… we think you will enjoy:

Don’t forget to Pin it to your Dinner Board!  ..and thanks for sharing…

Tuscan Swiss Chard and Beans Soup by 2sistersrecipes.com

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Tuscan Swiss Chard and Beans Soup

Swiss Chard and Beans Soup by 2sistersrecipes.com

Tuscan Swiss Chard and Beans Soup is made in under 30 minutes and bursts with so much flavor everyone will want a second bowl of this healthy green soup! Perfect for a light starter and easy enough to make during busy weeknights.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 2 bunches of Swiss Chard
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves - sliced
  • 1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cans (15-ounce) cannellini beans or great northern beans - rinsed, drained
  • 1 + 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • dash of dried oregano
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 ripe tomato- chopped
  • fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1 Parmigiano-Reggiano rind


  1. Thinly chop the Swiss Chard and submerge into a large pot of cold water, rinse under running water as needed, and transfer to a colander to drain. Do the same with the second bunch. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepot, heat olive oil over medium heat, add the garlic and red pepper flakes, and saute the garlic for 2 minutes to soften. Turn off the heat. (have the lid to the pot nearby)
  3. Toss in the wet Swiss Chard and cover with the lid. Turn back on the heat, on medium heat. Allow the chard to saute and simmer for about 5 minutes. Stirring occasionally. The liquid on the bottom with be watery and that's good. Add salt, garlic powder, and dried oregano.
  4. Add the beans. Cover again with the lid, and allow the beans to saute with the chard for 2 minutes. Add an additional tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil to the chard and beans.
  5. Pour in the water and vegetable broth and bring to a low simmer. Then toss in the chopped tomato.
  6. Cover with lid and simmer the soup for 8 minutes more. Turn off the soup. Here is where you can drop 1 rind of Parmigiano-Reggiano into the soup. Leave it in the soup for 10 minutes. It will slowly melt and give more flavor to this soup. Then fish it out and discard before serving.
  7. Taste and season with black pepper to taste. Feel free to add more salt, if you prefer.
  8. Yields: 4 to 6 servings.

Nutrition Information:


4 to 6 servings

Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 122Total Fat: 9gCarbohydrates: 10.3gFiber: 5.6gSugar: 1.3gProtein: 5.3g

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  1. I made this soup tonight and it was delicious and very easy to make. The parmigiano-reggiano rind gave it a great taste! Wonderful!!

    1. That’s awesome Julie! So glad you enjoyed it. It happens to be one of our favorite soups! Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

  2. Oh my goodness my husband and I loved this soup! I added some chopped chicken for a whole meal. Delicious

    1. Hi Nancy, that is awesome and thank you so much! Welcome to our recipe blog, it is so nice to meet you! Have a great weekend and keep cooking! πŸ™‚

  3. The soup came out great! I have so much swiss chard in my garden (all varieties) that I usually give away at least half of it to family and friends. But I am always looking for different ways of preparing it. I followed your recipe exactly this time, but I make all types of soup with it, add it to minestrone, to italian wedding and meatball soup, use it in place of escarole in a chicken soup, anything that calls for some type of garden greens. I even substitute it for spinach in quiche recipes, as well as just as sauteed with lemon, garlic, olive oil. I just don’t like it served raw in a salad.

    1. That is great! Love to hear how our recipes have a great outcome! We love swiss chard, and cook it every week as well. Have you tried our other recipe?
      https://2sistersrecipes.com/swiss-chard-steamed-with-tomatoes/ It makes a wonderful side dish too!
      Thanks so much, Susan for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment. Also, thank you for subscribing, we really appreciate it! Have a great week! πŸ™‚

  4. I had never tried swiss chard before, but it came in my Misfits Market box. I used it to try this recipe and WOW!! Amazing soup and the flavors are spot on. I didn’t do anything different from the recipe. I will definetely buy swiss chard again because of this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing

    1. Hi Naomi! Welcome to our blog, it’s so nice to meet you. Thank you so much for leaving a sweet comment here, we appreciate hearing from you. We grew up eating Swiss Chard and absolutely love it and so glad you are now hooked on it. Enjoy the weekend, and stay safe! πŸ™‚

  5. I like to purΓ©e or mash 1/2 a can of the beans and add them back into the soup to make it creamy. Delicious recipe!

    1. That sounds great Darleen! We love creamy soups as well! Hope you will try some of the other recipes for creamy soups in our blog. Have a great weekend.

  6. It is definitely soup time and I’m loving yours to add to my favorites. I’m making navy bean soup today πŸ˜‰