Sweet Potato Squash Soup with Pinto Beans and Chard

Sweet Potato Squash Soup with Pinto Beans and Chard

"Mid-week meals" are what I like to call those quick and easy recipes I use to cope with weekday hustle and bustle at a minimum of bother but with an abundance of taste and nutrition at the same time. This colorful soup is packed with the comfort, goodness and flavors of fall harvest vegetables and takes hardly any time or effort to prepare and cook, especially if you boil the beans ahead of time. Served with a grain or fresh bread on the side, it's a complete wholesome and satisfying meal that will look lovely on the table besides … which makes it a natural choice for my contribution to this month's No Crouton Required challenge of hearty vegetarian soups.

Sweet Potato Squash

You can use any small to medium size winter squash in this soup, but the long, narrow yellow-and-green sweet potato squash — also known as delicata squash — adds a gentle sweetness that blends especially nicely with the garlic and chilies in this soup. Easy to peel and seed, and with very little loose flesh to scoop out, sweet potato squash is also a delight to work with … definitely a squash to look out for.

Sweet Potato Squash Soup with Pinto Beans and ChardSweet Potato Squash Soup with Pinto Beans and Chard
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Adapted from Eating Well
Published on October 16, 2008

Simple and comforting, this colorful and nourishing pinto bean soup with sweet delicata squash, green chard and carrots is packed with wholesome goodness

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  • 1 cup dried pinto beans (3 cups cooked or 2 14 oz cans)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed dried red chilies
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 delicata (sweet potato) squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 lb (450 g) green chard, stemmed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • Rinse the pinto beans and soak overnight covered in several inches of cold water with a little yogurt whey or lemon juice added. Drain and rinse after soaking, and cover with several inches of fresh water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until the beans are tender. Drain and set aside.

  • Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. When hot, add the olive oil, wait a few moments, then swirl around to coat the pan. Toss in the onion, carrots, garlic and crushed dried chilies, and sauté until the vegetables start to brown, about 6 or 7 minutes.

  • Add the vegetable stock, water, squash and tomato. Raise the heat slightly and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cover. Simmer until the squash is soft, about 20 minutes.

  • Remove from heat and use a hand blender to gently purée some of the soup to produce a light creamy broth. (Alternately, blend a cup of the soup in a countertop blender and return to the pan).

  • Return the saucepan to the heat and stir in the beans and chard. Cover and simmer until the chard is wilted, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and plenty of fresh ground black pepper.

  • Serve hot.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Sweet Potato Squash Soup with Pinto Beans and Chard


Sangeeth said...

This is very new to me..may b i can give it a try!

Darius T. Williams said...

Now - this is looking really good - I'm totally loving this!!!!


test it comm said...

With squash, beans and chard this soup is looking healthy and good.

Johanna GGG said...

looks like a delicious soup - and thanks for the squash info - it is helpful to see it as North American squashes are v different to those we have in Australia - have come across the name delicata but not sweet potato squash!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

It is definitely moving into soup weather...slowly but surely we will see more soups in my kitchen:D This veggie version is wonderful!!

Susan said...

Great colors and nutrition! I'm w/ you on delicata - it's wonderful. There's another variety, sweet dumpling, that's excellent, too.

(Working on a recipe for NCR. Will have it online and out to you tonight.)

Ivy said...

Never seen this kind of a squash before but the soup sounds healthy and delicious.

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

I can just imagine dunking some crusty bread into this and then being left with lovely chunky pieces of vegetables and beans. Great!