This post is also available in german/deutsch.A wonderful vegan vegetable soup for all occasions is the Italian version described by us in the following recipe, namely Swiss chard minestrone.
Simple ingredients from the garden or from the farmers market and a little time in the kitchen make the basic products, such as tomatoes, carrots, beans and chard, a fine appetizing dish.
You can just enjoy them like this, serve with a some crispy toasted white bread or tasty toppings, such as fried onions, pine nuts or vegetable parmesan.
Give it a try. It tastes particularly delicious.
From a botanical point of view, Swiss chard is a beet and is related to beetroot and Co. It is one of the goose-foot plants. The chard stalks can be colored differently, yellow, pink or white.
Purchasing and storage
You can get swiss chard in the supermarket or at farmers market. It should look crisp and fresh, with no withered leaves. The stems shouldn´t be stained or darkly discolored. Store in the refrigerator after purchase and process as soon as possible. We always buy Swiss chard and process it immediately.
From March you can already find it in markets. It is in high season from June to September.
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Swiss chard minestrone with white beans
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil + more
3 celery sticks, finely chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp tomato paste
800 g can of chopped tomatoes
500 g Swiss chard, chop stem and leaves separately
400 g can of white beans, rinsed and drained
1 small bunch of basil leaves or parsley
freshly ground black pepper
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Sauté onions and garlic briefly. Then add the celery, carrots and stalks of Swiss chard and sauté for 5 minutes over medium heat. Stir occasionally.
Add the tomato paste and briefly fry as well. Deglaze with 400 ml of hot water. Add the chopped tomatoes, stir and then simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the beans and the Swiss chard leaves and let simmer for another 10 minutes. Finally add the basil. Season with salt and pepper.
Serve the minestrone with more herbs, sliced ”parmesan” and olive oil.
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Swiss chard minestrone with white beans
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil + more
- 3 celery sticks finely chopped
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 carrots chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 800 g can of chopped tomatoes
- 500 g Swiss chard chop stem and leaves separately
- 400 g can of white beans rinsed and drained
- 1 small bunch of basil leaves or parsley
- freshly ground black pepper
- vegan parmesan
- Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Sauté onions and garlic briefly. Then add the celery, carrots and stalks of Swiss chard and sauté for 5 minutes over medium heat. Stir occasionally.
- Add the tomato paste and briefly fry as well.
- Deglaze with 400 ml of hot water.
- Add the chopped tomatoes, stir and then simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the beans and the Swiss chard leaves and let simmer for another 10 minutes. Finally add the basil. Season with salt and pepper.
- Serve the minestrone with more herbs, sliced "parmesan" and olive oil.
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