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Rustic Farro Soup with Sausage

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Memories of Italy enticed me into making this Rustic Farro Soup for dinner. Incredibly delicious and comforting, add this to your winter menu. I adore Farro Recipes and this soup is hearty and flavorful!

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

Rustic Farro Soup with Sausage

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 farro recipe.

Just close your eyes and imagine yourself in Florence, dining at a 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

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

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Yield 6 servings

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
  • 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

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 Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 512Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 2272mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 14gSugar: 24gProtein: 21g

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Quattro Leoni sign, Florennce Italy
 
 
 Liz in Quattro Leoni, Florence, Italy
 
Me, embarrassing the family (my major role in life).

Quattro Leoni, Florence, Italy, June 2010

 
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