It’s only fair to admit that I rarely (hardly ever) make the same recipe more than once -- much like my attitude towards being, my palate and cravings are constantly in motion; always learning and adapting. That being said, it’s also only fair to admit I’ve made this exact (to the T) recipe for my Tomato and Farro Minestrone Stew three times in the past two weeks -- thirty-six slurped cups of vegetable-rich perfection -- without regret. I made this with a simple tomato and oregano-based broth, loads of chunky vegetables, protein, and fiber-rich farro and cannellini beans, and barely-wilted ribbons of lacinato kale. This one-pot vegan minestrone is nourishing, hearty, and divinely cozy, and one I can’t get enough of.
Nutritional Information [per serving = 2 cups]: 290 Calories; 52 g Carbohydrates; 2.8 g Fat; 12.5 g Protein; 9.7 g Fiber; 9.3 g Sugar —Alexandra Dawson
Test Kitchen Notes
I expected this to be a soup, but was pleasantly surprised that it is a rich, thick stew. It's also healthy and easy to pull together. I found the stew perfect as-is but it would be fun to add fresh or dried thyme, marjoram, parsley, and other vegetables. I had two portions in one day and have frozen the rest in individual portions for lunch, which I look forward to consuming. —Tarragon
large yellow onion, diced
celery stalks, diced
large carrots (about 3/4 pound), peeled and cubed
large garlic cloves, minced
low sodium vegetable broth
large can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, thoroughly rinsed and drained
In a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat until just simmering. Add onion, celery, and carrots and sauté, stirring frequently, until vegetables begin to soften (but not brown), about 6 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and oregano and continue to sauté for 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
Add broth, diced tomatoes, farro, and tomato paste and bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and allow soup to simmer for 30 minutes, or until farro is cooked. Add in cannellini beans and kale and gently stir until kale has completely wilted, then season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and serve.