Umbrian Farro Soup (Umbra zuppa di farro)

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Author Notes: Being a huge lover of farro, on a recent trip to the Umbrian countryside of Italy I noticed that farro soup was on many menus. I tried it and decided that I had to make my own version. It is very important to use the richest, most delicious beef stock, preferably homemade, of course. dymnyno

Serves 6

  • 1 cup yellow onion, medium chop
  • 3/4 cup celery, medium chop
  • 1/2 cup carrot, medium chop
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
  • 8 ounces dried porcini mushrooms
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 3 cups farro, cooked al dente
  • 1 quart beef stock
  1. Saute' the onions, celery and carrots until translucent.
  2. Heat one cup of the beef stock and add the porcini to reconstitute .
  3. Cook the farro until slightly al dente.
  4. In a blender (or Vita Mix) blend about 3/4 of the vegetables, garlic,1 cup of the cooked farro and all of the porcini and liquid until smooth.
  5. Add back to the pot and add the remaining farro,vegetables and beef stock. Add 2 1/2 cups of tomato sauce. Season and simmer for 30 minutes.
  6. Serve with a dollop of farro and a couple grinds of fresh black pepper.

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over 1 year ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

This looks fantastic. You've inspired me! (First, I need to make a batch of rich beef stock, but of course, for this, it will be well worth the effort.) ;o)


over 1 year ago healthierkitchen

Made this tonight and it was quite delicious! The texture (and flavor) is reminiscent of pappa al pomodoro, but with more bite from the farro. If I had a truffle, I'd have shaved it on top!


over 1 year ago dymnyno

If I had a truffle, so would I!


over 1 year ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Oh, I just love the sound of this. My sister just brought me pounds of farro from Italy (so much cheaper there!). I will have to make this ASAP!


almost 2 years ago healthierkitchen

This sounds delicious. Do you use a homemade seasoned tomato sauce or are you using a passata or something that is just tomato?


almost 2 years ago dymnyno

I use homemade unseasoned tomato sauce.


almost 2 years ago dymnyno

Passata would also work.