Cannellini White Bean Soup with Swiss Chard

Cannellini bean soup recipe

The Spruce / Anastasiia Tretiak

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
533 Calories
5g Fat
96g Carbs
31g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 533
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 721mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 96g 35%
Dietary Fiber 24g 85%
Protein 31g
Calcium 292mg 22%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Cannellini beans and Swiss chard combine together in this simple vegetarian and vegan white bean soup recipe. Taking less than an hour to make, from start to finish, this soup also has an assortment of delicious veggies—carrots, celery, and onions (we like to add in the optional corn)— vegetable broth, pasta, and seasonings. 

This soup can also be made gluten-free by substituting gluten-free pasta or orzo. Be sure to check that the vegetable broth is also gluten-free as some spices have an anti-bonding agent that contains gluten.

If you want to make your own homemade vegetable broth, don't throw out those Swiss chard stems! Chard makes a great addition to any broth or homemade soup, just add them to the pot of your next recipe.

Great for lunch or a light dinner, serve this soup by itself or with a tossed green salad. 

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1 medium carrot (chopped small)
  • 2 ribs celery (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans (drained)
  • 2 cups chopped Swiss chard
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels, optional
  • 1/3 cup macaroni, small shells, or orzo pasta, optional
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for Cannellini White Bean Soup with Swiss Chard Recipe

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  2. In a large soup pot, sauté the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic in olive oil for 2 to 3 minutes.

    Saute onion, carrot, celery

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  3. Add the beans, Swiss chard, vegetable broth, corn (if using), macaroni pasta, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to the pot, stirring to combine them.

    Add beans and other ingredients

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  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a medium simmer. Heat for 8 to 10 minutes, until macaroni and chard are both cooked.

    Bring to a boil

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  5. Serve and enjoy your white bean and Swiss chard soup.

    Serve Vegetarian Cannellini White Bean Soup With Swiss Chard

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How to Store and Freeze

To store any leftover soup make sure to let it cool down first.


  • If you plan on eating it again soon, you can store your leftover soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator, where it will stay good for up to three days.
  • You may also freeze the bean and chard soup in a freezer-safe container or bag for three months. If using a freezer bag, squeeze out any excess air. If in a freezer container, put a piece of plastic wrap over the surface of the soup. These tips will help prevent ice crystal formation on the soup.