7 Recipes that Prove Swiss Chard is Underrated

Spinach, kale, or collards might be on your weekly grocery list, but when was the last time you brought Swiss chard home from the store? Though it might feel slightly outside of your comfort zone if it's not in your regular cooking rotation, Swiss chard is as simple to prepare as it is nutritious. It can be used in any recipe that calls for leafy greens, so we often use it as a substitute for kale or spinach to keep our favorite baked pastas and soups interesting and fresh. Plus, with a milder taste than spinach, adding chard to a dish in place of another green is an easy way to sneak vegetables into family meals.

This cool-season crop works wonders in soups and stews, and we particularly enjoy pairing it with white beans, like cannellini. Give our White Bean-and-Chard Soup a try and you'll see why. Chard also plays nicely with potatoes, as you'll see in our Mashed Potatoes with Greens or our Creamy Chard and Potatoes. No matter how you serve it, once you start cooking with chard, you'll see this underrated green deserves more love.

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White Bean-and-Chard Soup

White Bean-and-Chard Soup
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: White Bean-and-Chard Soup

Canned cannellini beans are paired with Swiss chard in this substantial soup that's ready in just 40 minutes.

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White Bean and Sausage Soup with Pasta

White Bean Soup with Pasta and Sausage
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: White Bean and Sausage Soup with Pasta

Hearty and healthy, this soup is packed with beans, sausage, chard, and seasonings that will leave you ladling seconds.

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Creamy White Bean-and-Chard Soup

Creamy White Bean-and-Chard Soup
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Creamy White Bean-and-Chard Soup

With beans and Swiss chard pureed to perfection, this creamy soup is both nutritious and filling.

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Beefy Baked Ravioli with Spinach and Cheese

Beefy Baked Ravioli with Spinach and Cheese
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Beefy Baked Ravioli with Spinach and Cheese

While this cheesy family favorite calls for beef and spinach, we like to mix things up from time to time. Keep things fresh by substituting ground turkey or chicken for beef or replace spinach with Swiss chard leaves.

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Mashed Potatoes with Greens

Mashed Potatoes with Greens
Alison Miksch; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Recipe: Mashed Potatoes and Greens

This recipe is the ultimate make-ahead side. Prepare, freeze, and reheat to have buttery potatoes with greens ready in just 30 minutes.

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Christmas Salad

Christmas Salad
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Christmas Salad

A warm vinaigrette will soften these sturdy greens, but their structure will hold up for up to an hour or two on a holiday buffet. Plus, with bright greens and reds, it couldn't be more festive.

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Creamy Chard and Potatoes

Creamy Chard and Potatoes
Charles Walton; Styling: Mary Lyn Hill Jenkins

Recipe: Creamy Chard and Potatoes

Sneak some greens into your supper with this creamy potato side that's loaded with flavor.

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