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Rustic Farro Soup in a white soup bowl with a red handled spoon

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 in a white soup bowl with a red handled spoon

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  in a scalloped soup bowl with a spoon

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!

What is Farro?

Farro is a nutty, chewy ancient grain. The taste has been compared to brown rice,  and dates back to ancient Rome. There is no grain that is labeled as farro, instead farro can come from spelt, einkorn or emmer.

Cooked in water or broth, it’s ready to eat in about 25 minutes. Use it in soups (yes!), salads or load up with all sorts of goodies for an entree!

Is Farro Healthy?

Like quinoa, barley and other grains, farro is categorized as a carbohydrate. So if you’re watching your carbs or following a keto diet, this grain may not be for you. Farro does offer lots of health benefits, though, including:

  • Fiber, 5 gms per 1/4 cup
  • Vitamins and minerals including Vitamin B3, Magnesium, Zinc and Iron
  • Protein, 6 gms per 1/4 cup
  • Farro has been shown to decrease glucose sensitivity, by regulating glucose levels
Rustic Farro Soup  in two white soup bowls with spoons and crackers

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

Rustic Farro Soup

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

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Entree, Soup
  • Method: Saute, Simmer
  • Cuisine: American, Italian-American

Ingredients

  • 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
  • 11 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

Instructions

  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.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 639kcal
  • Sugar: 20g
  • Sodium: 1581mg
  • Fat: 37g
  • Saturated Fat: 11g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 53g
  • Fiber: 14g
  • Protein: 26g
  • Cholesterol: 63mg
 
Quattro Leoni, Florennce Italy
 
 
Quattro Leoni, Florence, Italy
 
Me, embarrassing the family (my major role in life).

Quattro Leoni, June 2010

 
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55 comments on “Rustic Farro Soup”

  1. 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!

  2. 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?).

  3. 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.

  4. 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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