Swiss Chard and Potato Soup / Sopa de Acelgas con Papas

Sopa de Acelgas2aLast weekend while at the farmers market, I saw some beautiful Swiss chard bunches for sale. I thought about this soup right away, since I haven’t prepared it in along time and this cold weather really calls for soup. The addition of the cheese takes it to another level. This is a comforting, healthy and easy-to-make soup for a satisfying dinner.

Sopa de Acelgas3abSwiss Chard is called “Acelgas” in Mexico, and are often used as part of vegetable soups, stews and tamales. The variety found in Mexico has large green leaves and sometimes is included in the prepackaged vegetable mix sold at the markets. It is available year round all over the country.
Verduras para caldoa
  • 1 Large potato, about 2 cups when diced
  • 1 bunch (about 3/4 pound) of Swiss chard rinsed
  • 1/2 cup white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 medium size tomatoes, chopped. (about 2 cups)
  • 8 cups of chicken broth
  • 8 oz. “Queso fresco”  cheese diced. Optional
  • Salt and pepper.
  • Bread or tortillas for serving
Sopa de acelgas21DIRECTIONS:
1. Peel and dice the potato, place in a medium saucepan, cover with cold water and cook on a medium heat. Bring to a boil, an reduce to simmer. Precook for about 10 to 15 minutes. Do not over cook since the potatoes will finish cooking with the rest of the soup ingredients in the final step.
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2. While potatoes cook, cut the Swiss Chard, first cutting the stalk and then cutting the leaves into 2-inches pieces.
Sopa de acelgas223.In a large saucepan, heat oil over a medium heat. Add onion and cook until transparent. About 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and keep cooking for 2 more minutes, onion will look slightly browned.
4.  Add chopped tomato and cook for 5 minutes, the tomatoes will release their juices. Keep stirring while cooking.
5. Add potatoes and cook for 2 more minutes. Then stir in the chicken broth and Swiss chard leaves. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered with the saucepan lid, for about 15 minutes and until vegetables are tender.
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6. Serve in bowls and top with cheese.

¡Buen provecho!


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  1. Delicious potato soup Mely, great for this winter.

  2. Mely me gusta mucho la sopa de acelgas. Mi mamá la hacía con caldo de res, le ponía chorizo estilo español y tiritas de tortilla frita doradas para servir. Me hiciste recordarla. Besos

  3. OMG, this looks amazing! I love Swiss chard, it is one of my favorite leafy vegetable and I eat it all the time. Lately, I have been using this religiously in my green drinks. But I also like eating it on flat bread, instead of lettuce in my sandwich, in soups like you, I just love it! I'm going to try your soup as I always have chard and potatoes in my kitchen, I'm sure this will be delicious. thank you for sharing.

  4. Oh, that chard looks so bright green and healthy! I bet this soup is wonderful!

  5. Qué ricura, mi encantan las sopas, la voy a hacer, aquí en Italia las acelgas se dicen "bietole" o "biete".


  6. I wish I had chard growing in the garden. Lots of other greens though: collards, turnips, mustard, kale. I thinnnnnk...collards would be a great substitute. The next soup...yep...I'll give it a whirl.

  7. Humm collard greens sound good Broadcasting from a knitting parlour I think I will also have to try that next time.. Anyway Mely I also wanted to thank you for this recipe.. I did not know this was my boyfriends favorite soup, so when I made it for him he called his mom and told her, so I got a thank you from his mom in Mexico for making it for him and his 4yr-old boy loved it because he ate all of it..

    1. Hello Leslie,

      I'm so glad they enjoyed the recipe. This maybe seem like and odd combination, but it is quite delicious!

      Happy cooking!


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