Beans and Greens Soupe au Pistou

Soupe au pistou is a Provençal take on minestrone featuring a nut-free pesto.

Beans and Greens Soupe au Pistou
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 1 pound Swiss chard

  • 2 cup vegetable broth

  • 2 cup water

  • 1 15 ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

  • 2 medium tomatoes, cored and coarsely chopped

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 cup fresh basil

  • 6 tablespoon olive oil

  • 6 tablespoon finely shredded fresh Parmesan cheese

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 4 slices Italian bread


  1. Remove stems from chard. Chop stems and greens separately.

  2. In a 4-quart pot combine broth, 2 cups water, the chard stems, beans, tomatoes, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 15 minutes. Stir in chard greens. Cook, uncovered, 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally.

  3. Meanwhile, for pesto: In a small food processor or blender combine basil, 4 tablespoons olive oil, 4 tablespoons Parmesan, the garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and black pepper. Process until smooth.

  4. Brush both sides of bread slices with olive oil. On a grill or grill pan toast bread on both sides, sprinkling with remaining cheese after turning once.

  5. Ladle soup into bowls. Top each with pesto. Serve with bread. Serves 4.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

409 Calories
25g Fat
36g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 409
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 1345mg 58%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 31.1mg 156%
Calcium 236mg 18%
Iron 4.3mg 24%
Potassium 720mg 15%
Folate, total 98.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*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.

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