The herb and walnut pesto makes a satisfying finishing touch for this soup. Walnut oil adds a mild sweetness and intensifies the nutty flavor of the pesto, but you can substitute extravirgin olive oil.
2 cups thinly sliced leek (about 2 medium)
3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 cup water
2 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled sweet potato
4 cups chopped Swiss chard (about 1 bunch)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 (19-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Asiago cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
1 tablespoon walnut oil
1 garlic clove, peeled
How to Make It
To prepare the soup, heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add leek to pan; cook 8 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Stir in broth and 1 cup water; bring to a boil. Add potato; cook 10 minutes or until potato is tender. Stir in chard, pepper, salt, and beans; cook 3 minutes or until chard wilts. Remove from heat; stir in lemon juice.
To prepare the pesto, combine cheese and remaining ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Ladle 1 cup soup into each of 6 bowls; top each serving with about 2 teaspoons pesto.
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