Sunday, November 20, 2011

zuppa de farro (Italian wheat soup)

After taking an Italian cooking class at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts with my mom and sister, this was one recipe I knew I had to make again. It is a delicious, hearty, Tuscan Italian soup recipe from Roberta L. Dowling.


1 1/2 cans, cannellini beans
1 1/4 cups, Farro (Emmer)
salt and pepper to taste
2 oz. pancetta, cut in 1/4-inch dice
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 medium carrots, finely chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup Italian peeled tomato, chopped
4 fresh sage leaves
1 1/2 tsp. fresh rosemary, finely chopped
4+ cups chicken stock
4 large leaves of kale, julienned
2 tbsp. parsley, finely chopped
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated


1. In a large stock pot, gently saute the pancetta in 2 tbsp. olive oil, when pancetta is rendered, add the chopped vegetables (onions, carrots, celery, and garlic). Add the white wine and allow it to evaporate. Add the tomatoes, sage, rosemary, and 2 cups stock. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer gently for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Set aside 3/4 cup of the cooked beans. Puree the the remaining beans and their liquid in a food processor and add to the soup. Add the reserved beans. Bring to a simmer, add the Farro and stir to mix well. The liquid should be fairly dense, but not sticking to the bottom of the pan. Add additional stock if necessary or desired. Cover the pan and cook the Farro for about 50 minutes or until the grains are swollen and soft, adding stock if necessary.
3. After a half hour of cooking add the kale. Correct the seasoning with salt and pepper.
4. Garnish the soup with the chopped parsley and Parmesan cheese.

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