Chard, Bean, and Pancetta Soup

Assembly Time: about 30 minutes; Reheating Time: about 15 minutes. Notes: Thaw overnight or quick-thaw (see Thawing below). Serve with shredded parmesan cheese, breadsticks, and a crisp salad.

Yield: Makes 2 main dishes, 4 servings each
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 399
  • Calories from fat: 36%
  • Protein: 26g
  • Fat: 16g
  • Saturated fat: 4.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 40g
  • Fiber: 13g
  • Sodium: 695mg
  • Cholesterol: 14mg

Ingredients

  • 3/4 pound Swiss chard
  • 6 ounces pancetta or bacon, diced (3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup Oven-Sautéed Onions and Garlic
  • 2 quarts fat-skimmed chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves or dried thyme
  • 5 cans (15 oz. each) cannellini (white) beans, rinsed and drained
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation

  1. 1. Rinse and drain chard. Trim discolored ends from stems. Thinly slice stems and coarsely chop leaves.
  2. 2. In a 5- to 6-quart pan over medium-high heat, stir pancetta often until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
  3. 3. Stir in chard, sautéed onions and garlic, broth, lemon juice, tomato paste, and thyme. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until chard stems are tender-crisp to bite, 2 to 4 minutes; stir occasionally.
  4. 4. Stir in beans. Let cool to room temperature, about 1 1/2 hours.
  5. 5. Ladle 1/2 the soup into each of 2 plastic freezer bags (1-gal. size). Seal bags and freeze (see Cold Facts below).
  6. 6. Thaw 1 bag (see Thawing below). Empty soup into a 3- to 4-quart pan and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Thawing: Cooking times are for thawed, chilled foods. Overnight: The night before serving, place container of frozen food in the refrigerator. Quick-thaw: Heat frozen foods in plastic bags in a microwave oven at 50% power just until pliable, then cook as recipe directs or empty food into a microwave-safe container, drape loosely with microwave-safe plastic wrap, and cook at full power (100%) until steaming. Note: If your microwave accepts metal, you can also quick-thaw dishes frozen in foil pans; follow manufacturer's instructions.
  8. Cold Facts. Packaging: freezer bags. If ingredients include liquid, set each plastic freezer bag upright in a bowl, then fill. Squeeze out all air and seal bag. For better protection of frozen foods during storage, seal each bag inside a second one. Lay bags flat in freezer until solid so they will stack.
  9. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
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