Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Chef Chuck's Bean and Farro Soup




Zuppa di Fagioli e Farro


This bean and farro soup is fit for a Roman, packed with flavors to warm you up! Farro is an ancient grain popular in Italy. Sometimes hard to find, you can substitute with spelt or even barley. A healthy and hearty soup to enjoy with crusty Italian bread and red wine.


Bean and Farro Soup


1 cup farro, whole grain
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 slice pancetta, 1/2 inch, diced
1 hot Italian sausage
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
6 cups chicken broth
2 cans white beans
grana padano, grated
red hot pepper flakes, optional


Wash and rinse farro, cook in plenty of salted water for 1 hour, drain. In a large pot heat olive oil, remove sausage from casings and break up, cook along with the pancetta for about 5 minutes. Add all vegetables and saute another 5 minutes. Add tomato paste and brown for a few minutes, add tomatoes, garlic, vinegar, farro and broth. Simmer with lid on for 1 hour, stirring and checking that there is enough liquid. You can add broth or even a little water if needed. Add beans and simmer an additional 1/2 hour. This is a thick soup! Grate grana padano, or parmigiana over the soup and red hot flakes.

14 comments:

  1. You must have been reading my mind, Chef as I have had soup on the brain lately. This one is definitely going on my list. Perfect for the foggy weather we are having.

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  2. Hi Bridgett, This has occurred a few times before! It must be that we were raised very similar as we discussed in the past, our minds are tuned, "Italian Blood!!"
    Enjoy the soup. All the best, Chuck

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  3. This is one of our favorite Italian soups and I've actually been thinking of making it! I love your addition of flavorful sausage! Great recipe!

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  4. Hello Jamie, I hope all is well! So glad you like,yes the sausage give it more punch!
    Thank you!

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  5. Love farro! A perfect for chilly nights like this one & so healthy too! I love the idea of adding hot sausage to this soup Chuck..yummy!

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  6. Hi Yankeesoaper, Farro it is, I am with you, I love sausage!
    Thank you!

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  7. Hello Chef!!! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I am your new follower now!!! Take care! Foivi :)

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  8. Welcome Foivi!!
    I also will continue to follow :~)
    All the best, Chuck

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  9. Mmm, I have farro left over from a salad I made this summer. Putting it in soup is brilliant!

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  10. Hi Emily, That will make good use of it, I am sure! Please enjoy!
    Thank you :)

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  11. Wonderful combination of flavors! Love it!

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  12. Hi Iris, Just got done with the last of it yum..... So glad you like!!
    Thank you :)

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  13. This soup sure sounds and looks very tasty...great for the cold weather, and very comforting :-)

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  14. Hello Juliana, Yes so true, warm our souls in this very cold weather!! Thank you :)

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