Vegetable Farro Soup

  in Recipes, Soups and Stews, Vegan, Vegetarian

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 stalks celery, sliced
1 large leek, white and pale green parts only, sliced
2 carrots, diced
1 cup pearled farro
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 quarts vegetable broth
1 15-oz can cannellini beans, drained, rinsed
1 cup peas
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Chopped fresh parsley for garnish
Shaved Parmesan for garnish

  1. In a large soup pot, heat the oil. Add the celery, leek, and carrots and cook over medium high heat, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the farro and tomato paste and cook, stirring, until the grains are coated and shiny, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add the broth and the beans and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Cover and cook over low heat until veggies are tender, 30 minutes. Add the peas, cover and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve sprinkled with parsley and Parmesan.

Farro is an ancient grain and a distant elder cousin of modern wheat, farro most likely developed out of wild emmer and is very closely related to spelt It is sometimes referred to as Emmer. It has a high nutritional value.