Rustic Farro Soup

Memories of Italy enticed me into making this Rustic Farro Soup for dinner. Incredibly delicious and comforting, add this to your winter menu.Rustic Farro Soup | A comforting, flavorful soup with an Italian flair!

Rustic Farro Soup

I had my first taste of farro in Florence at Trattoria dei Quattro Leoni and was instantly a fan. As much as gorgeous dishes like this Strawberry Caprese Farro Salad tempt me, I wanted another bowl of this soup.

I had high expectations for this rustic farro soup. It smelled incredible as it simmered away in the kitchen.

Bill, my harshest critic, said he wasn’t thrilled with the taste, but I’m thinking it was a combination of the heat, the mushrooms and the “foreign” grain. I could imagine him thinking, “Have you heard of pasta??”  I, on the other hand, loved this delectable concoction!

Rustic Farro Soup | A comforting, flavorful soup with an Italian flair!

Spicy Tuscan Soup

The first time I made this spicy Tuscan soup, I was underwhelmed. It wasn’t anything like what I tasted in Italy. But after letting it sit in the fridge overnight, a magic transformation occurred.  The flavors danced and blended while we slept; and the next day, I did a complete 180 with my review.

I also think a full cup of red wine and a large can of tomatoes made this more acidic than my palate preferred. So I went back to the kitchen and tweaked the original recipe, and came up with this magnificent Tuscan soup.

Just close your eyes and imagine yourself in Florence, dining at trattoria, tucked away on a narrow, back street near the Arno. A piping hot bowl of this rustic farro soup is in front of you with some crusty bread and a lovely Italian vino. I don’t think I’ll ever convert the hubby, but I bet you’ll love it!

Rustic Farro Soup | A comforting, flavorful soup with an Italian flair!

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Rustic Farro Soup

Serves 6 servings     adjust servings

Cook Time 1 hr 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins

Rustic Farro Soup filled with vegetables, wine, sausage and farro. Adapted from Whole Foods.


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 4 links mild Italian sausage, sliced
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 14.5 can of diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 6 ounces uncooked farro, rinsed and soaked for at least 3 hours
  • Bag of baby spinach
  • 1-1 1/2 teaspoons salt (depending on how salty your broth is---I didn't add any)
  • 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • Grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large pot, heat oil, then add carrots, celery, onions and garlic till onions become translucent. Add sausage and brown. Add mushrooms and when cooked, add tomatoes, wine, broth, red pepper flakes and farro.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until farro is tender, about an hour. Add spinach, salt and pepper and stir till spinach is wilted. Add thyme.
  3. Serve with fresh Parmesan and a drizzle of olive oil if desired.


Recipe Notes


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 639kcal Calories from fat 335
% Daily Value
Total Fat 37g 57%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 1581mg 66%
Carbohydrate 53g 18%
Dietary Fiber 14g 56%
Sugars 20g
Protein 26g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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Quattro Leoni, Florennce Italy
Quattro Leoni, Florence, Italy
Me, embarrassing the family (my major role in life).

Quattro Leoni, June 2010

PS…I received a blogger award this week from Nichole of The Cookaholic Wife.  Stop by and support her lovely blog! I will be back to award this to 5 bloggers with less than 50 followers.

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  1. Give me a hunk of farm bread and I’m good to go!

  2. The soup looks fantastic. Congrats on the Liebster award!

  3. This soup looks and sounds delicious. I am going to have to look for farro, I haven’t seen or cooked with it years.
    Congrats on the Top 9 too. Yummy Mousse.

  4. At Anna's kitchen table says:

    Looks wonderful! (btw my daughter’s called Leoni!)

  5. I absolutely love soup and I love trying new soup! I have never had farro before. This soup looks amazing – thanks for posting!

  6. I have to agree that soups taste better the next day and in fact, its the same for curries.

    Whenever I have a function at home, I normally prepare curries, soups or stews a day ahead and in this way, I feel more relaxed to entertain the guest too.

    Btw, you still look the same as seen in the pic Lizzy.

  7. sounds wonderful! perfect for this time of year!

  8. Pegasuslegend says:

    looks fabulous as you do!

  9. Wow, Florence, hope you had a great time!
    This farro soup saounds yummy!

  10. Looks wonderful and refreshing…loved it

  11. After all the heavy eating this holiday, soup is a welcome change. This recipe does have some tasty ingredients, however, I have never tried farro. This is another addition to my list of grains to try! Delicious soup-yum!
    Ha-I have been told no cameras in restaurants by my husband purely because of the distraction and embarrassment!

  12. This soup is perfect now with this cold!

  13. look wonderful and you always look nice dear Lizzy (I think maybe you dont eat your cakes:) ha,ha!!!(lol)
    (Im just kidding you dear)

  14. 2Peeeps Health and Fitness says:

    perfect for this coming december

  15. You look amazing, Lizzy. I wonder how you do it with all the goodies you make! You must have will power. Love the sound of your soup but will have to go look up the special ingredient – never heard of it!

  16. Kitchen Belleicious says:

    Your right it looks so rustic and just beautiful. i can taste the savory goodness right now and the aroma lingering throughout the house had to have been unbelievable! Congrats on your award!

  17. Awesome soup, great comfort food for those cold days!

  18. This looks delicious and comforting. Great recipe! perfect for winter.

  19. Curry and Comfort says:

    Hello Lizzy my friend! Congrats on the award! It’s gone to a well deserved blogger and blog. 🙂 Now I have never tried Farro… but this soup does look good. I get really excited when I thought I saw meatballs (don’t laugh). I think it was the sausage… still makes me very happy. 🙂 I agree sometimes a soup or curry needs a day for the flavors to develop and tastes better the next day. Glad it was a success. I love the picture of you in Italy… so friendly and happy. 🙂 congrats again on your Top9 today. 🙂

  20. Lizzy-can we do a trade? I really need your soup, hope you have some leftover for lunch. I still have a couple rolls that I made… leftover.
    Love the hearty, and delicious soup, on a chilly S. Florida day like today.
    I really think your photo is so cute!
    No way would my family want to take a photo of me in a restaurant, LOL…it’s hard enough for me to take photos, they always complain about that!

  21. Mini Baker says:

    wow! looks so hearty and delicious! soup weather has officially begun- yay!!

  22. Sounds like a perfect warm hearty soup.

  23. Oooo, nice hot soup made with wine and sausage? Don’t mind if I do. this sounds delicious Lizzy!!

  24. It is weird how soup and pot roast usually taste better the next day.

  25. Perfecto – I love how soups and stews get better with age! Looks so satisfying… yummm!


  26. Becka (The Elegant Eggplant) says:

    How funny – I posed a soup with farro today too!!! I love farro, the texture is almost chewy (but in a good way!!). Yours looks great.

  27. looks good

  28. Shutterbug says:

    i love soup, especially this time of the year.

  29. That’s interesting. Aren’t casseroles like that too? Letting them sit over night causes it to taste better the next day?

    Wonder how many other foods are like that.

  30. Hello my dear friend! Really appreciate your time writing this post to share with us…Congrats! ! I wish a fantastic day for you, with very smiles and peace! Greetings from Rio de Janeiro/Brasil! Visit me back, please.

  31. Magic of Spice says:

    I love it when soups and stew have a chance to develop their flavors and become even tastier the next day 🙂 This looks lovely and comforting and I am sure my guys would love it 🙂
    Hope you are well, hugs

  32. I am glad your soup was saved overnight! That is often the way – now if only we could always be forward thinking enough to make tomorrow’s dinner tonight, right?

  33. We can always eat chocolate after we eat this soup! It looks so hearty and delicious!!

  34. I’m always envious that your non-sweet recipes look as good as the dessert ones! Nice to see farro used–it’s delicious in soup.

  35. Cassie/Bake Your Day says:

    Your farro soup looks and sounds very hearty, Liz. I love all of the flavor combinations!

  36. Looks so delicious and I love Italian sausage in my soup. Yummy!

  37. Cheap Ethnic Eatz says:

    LOVED Florence, more than Rome. And funny I just finished a little research at work on Florence last week. Recipes that magically transform overnight are so amazing. Glad you loved it so much.

    BTW have you seen “your” cake on my blog yet 😉 ?

  38. I love farro whenever I am served it, but have never actually attempted to cook with it myself. This looks wonderfully heart and comforting, and since I’m sick as a dog, it’s soup week for me. This is on my to do list!

  39. This sounds hearty and delicious! I might just have to try making this with veggie sausage. Love farro, it makes for such a warming soup!

  40. Jen at The Three Little Piglets says:

    Farro is so good for you too! I’m always trying to sneak it into stuff so that my kids will eat it…

  41. That looks sooo good. I love soup. It’s the perfect food on a cold day.

  42. Balvinder ( Neetu) says:

    Wow Lizzy! your pictures are always die for. I have seen rustic soups before but this one looks fantastic and delicious with every ingredient you listed. And I do love chunky soups.

  43. Julie higgins says:

    Yum! What a delicious looking soup 🙂 A big bowl of soup is the way to my heart…thanks for sharing!

  44. yum yum yum! I love farro and I love Tuscany…the combo is hard to beat! Soups are often so much tastier if you let them sit overnight, I am glad it was so delish the next day!

  45. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    I just loved your cute expression that the flavors danced and blended while you slept. I know – it’s amazing what sitting in the fridge overnight can do sometimes. I almost think all the soup and stew are better 2nd day. But I burnt the bottom so many times during reheating the soup/stews that I took out of fridge (it’s cold so I heat for a long time and forget that food can be at the bottom of the pot). So we tend to eat on the first day… Very lovely soup with lots of veggies!

  46. Jill Colonna says:

    Shocked? Well, yes. Hehee. Lizzy, this soup does sound fabulous and like Nami, I love your description of it working while you slept – almost like Santa’s elves (yes, I’m suddenly feeling Christmassy on first day in December at last!)
    Please continue to “embarrass” your family! You look dynamite and so much fun.

  47. This looks so delicious – love the idea of adding wine to a veggie stock to amp up the flavor…

  48. Farro soup is a terrific idea..but I always look forward to your chocolate 🙂

  49. Delicious soup Lizzy! I remember some variants of this recipe with no tomato at all… and you are adorable in Firenze 🙂

  50. Eating Deliciously says:

    I’ve been meaning to try farro and I think this recipe is the perfect way to do it. Thanks for sharing.

  51. Isn’t it funny how that happens with soup and stew? It just gets better the longer it is in the frig. This looks like a very hearty and comforting type of soup. Such a cute photo of you!

  52. It’s going down to ten degrees tonight. You can bet I’ll be making this. Anything to evoke Tuscany and its warming sun (Oh – plus – I love the ingredients – did I mention that?).

  53. Terri @ that's some good cookin' says:

    Dear Lizzy, could you have made those meatballs just a little more perfect? Sheesh. You are one talented woman. If I were to give you an award for your blog, it would be something like “The See and Drool” award. Thanks for sharing your amazing talents.

  54. I embarrass my family all the time but I think as long as you look cute doing it then it’s okay. Lol. This soup is amazing. I am not a huge soup fan but I’d eat a huge bowl of this one.

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