You know cooler weather prevails in Kentucky because the stalls at the farmers markets are filled with dark green leafy vegetables and copious varieties of root vegetables—the quintessential ingredients for a pot of warm, earthy soup.

hearty farm to table vegetable soup

Hearty Farm to Table Vegetable Soup is the perfect meal when you need *or want* something fast, nutritious, and delicious. And when you want to support your local farmers!

Guaranteed ready in thirty minutes tops.

And while I’m not getting paid to say this, I want to offer a huge shout out to Nathan Howell at Need More Acres Farm at Community Farmers Market in Bowling Green, Kentucky, for the amazing fresh local #Kentucky vegetables.

Hearty Farm to Table Vegetable Soup
Yield 6 cups


3 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon butter

10-12 swiss chard stems, chopped, leaves reserved.

2 medium carrots, scrubbed and chopped

1 celery stalk, chopped on bias

Dash red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon minced shallot

4 cups vegetable stock

2 potatoes, chopped

Dash dried thyme

Kosher salt

Ground black pepper

6 or 7 swiss chard leaves, cut in strips or ribbons


  1. Add olive oil and butter to a 3.5-quart Dutch oven on medium heat.
  2. When the butter foams, add the chard stems, carrots, and celery. Stir to coat.
  3. Add a pinch of red pepper flakes. Stir occasionally for five to six minutes.
  4. Add the shallots and stir keeping an eye so the shallots don’t brown. Cook about one minute.
  5. Add the vegetable stock and potatoes.
  6. Cover with a vented lid. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for twelve minutes or until the carrots and taters are almost fork-tender.
  7. Add a dash of thyme, salt and pepper, then the thinly sliced ribbons of Swiss chard. Stir.
  8. Relax. Sip some vino.
  9. Cook the soup for three to four additional minutes, stirring occasionally, careful not to break up the tender potatoes.
  10. Taste and adjust with more salt if desired. Serve immediately. Or let cool, cover and refrigerate for later.

Please share this recipe with your friends and family! #lessmeat