Average: 5 (2 votes)
Active time
15 minutes
Total time
1 hour
4-6 servings

1 Tbsp Extra-virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 medium carrot, finely chopped

1 stalk celery, finely chopped

⅓ cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped

2 tsps finely chopped fresh basil

1 clove garlic, minced

1 14 ½ ounce can diced tomatoes (not drained)

4 cups vegetable broth

½ cup farro or barley

1 can (14-19 oz) cannellini beans, rinsed

Freshly ground pepper to taste

2 Tbsp freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

  1. Heat oil in a 4 to 6 quart Dutch oven or soup pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot, celery, parsley, basil and garlic; cook, stirring often, until the onion and carrot begin to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Add tomatoes and broth; increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Add farro (or barley) and beans. Season with pepper.
  2. When the soup returns to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the grain is tender, 30 to 35 minutes for farro or 40 to 45 minutes for barley. Sprinkle each serving with cheese.

Recipe courtesy of Judith Barrett, Eating Well. Visit the Eating Well website for more delicious, healthy recipes. Oldways photo.


Calories: 270
Total Fat: 4.5 g
(Saturated Fat: 1 g)
Sodium: 690 mg
Carbohydrate: 45 g
Fiber: 11 g
Protein: 11 g

Yield: 4-6 servings

How'd it Taste?

Jody Olson
I love this soup. I used my new Ninja food processor to chop the onions, garlic, carrot, celery, basil and parsley and was concerned because the chop was very fine. It worked out so well, everything melted into the stock for an incredible flavor. I also used chicken broth instead of vegetable and added a tablespoon of tomato paste and some dried oregano. The leftovers I took were even better than the soup last night. This is a keeper!
We're very glad you enjoyed it! Also happy to see people put their own twist on the recipes.
Not sure why this one doesn’t have more reviews, but it is fantastic. Eating it right now after it has been frozen for four-weeks, and it is phenomenal. Great flavor, great texture since it uses my favorite chewy grain, Farro.
Thank you Jim! So glad you love it. Enjoy!

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