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Try This Farro & White Bean Soup With Leafy Greens For A Perfect Batch-Made Meal

Eliza Sullivan
Food Writer
By Eliza Sullivan
Food Writer
Eliza Sullivan is a food writer and SEO editor at mindbodygreen. She writes about food, recipes, and nutrition—among other things. She studied journalism at Boston University.
Image by Evan Sung / Contributor
October 15, 2020
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When it comes to making a soup that works as a stand-alone meal, it's about packing it with not only filling ingredients but also ones that provide a well-rounded set of nutrients—which is exactly what this clever vegetable soup does.

The core of the soup is made up of three ingredients that pack in nutrients. Great Northern beans provide a dose of plant-based protein, farro (an ancient grain) is a good source of fiber and other phytonutrients, and bitter green Swiss chard provides vitamins and minerals. Not only that, but this trio of ingredients are fabulously tasty together, too.

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"It's a soup you can probably make any night of the week without having to run to the store (just be sure to plan ahead so you can soak the beans overnight)," writes Dan Kluger of the recipe. Though he originally developed it for a feature in Food & Wine, it now has a place of honor in his new cookbook, Chasing Flavor.

This is the sort of meal we imagine making on a cozy at-home Sunday,\ and enjoying it for the whole week to come as a quick lunch. While it's not totally pantry-based, we always have some produce like leafy greens on hand—and are always looking for new ways to utilize those go-to ingredients.

Farro & White Bean Soup

Makes 8 to 10 Servings

Ingredients

  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup dried Great Northern beans
  • ¾ cup farro
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small Spanish onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup diced carrots
  • ½ cup diced celery root
  • 4 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced (3 tablespoons)
  • One 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard, leaves coarsely chopped, stems reserved for another use
  • Freshly ground black pepper
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Method

  1. In a bowl, whisk 6 tablespoons salt into 4 cups water until dissolved. Add the beans and soak for at least 8 hours, or overnight.
  2. Drain the beans and place in a medium saucepan. Cover the beans with at least 4 inches of water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer the beans until tender, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Drain, reserving 3 cups of the cooking liquid.
  3. Meanwhile, place the farro in a small saucepan and cover with 2 inches of water. Add 1 tablespoon salt and bring to a boil. Cook the farro until al dente, about 20 minutes. Drain.
  4. In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened but not browned, about 7 minutes.
  5. Add the carrots, celery root, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the tomatoes with their juices and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the juices have reduced by half, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the reserved cooking liquid from the beans and 7 cups water and bring to a simmer.
  7. Stir in the beans, farro, and Swiss chard and simmer over medium heat until the chard is wilted, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Excerpted from Chasing Flavor: Techniques and Recipes To Cook Fearlessly © 2020 by Daniel Kluger. Photography © 2020 by Evan Sung. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
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Eliza Sullivan
Eliza Sullivan
Food Writer

Eliza Sullivan is an SEO Editor at mindbodygreen, where she writes about food, recipes, and nutrition—among other things. She received a B.S. in journalism and B.A. in english literature with honors from Boston University, and she has previously written for Boston Magazine, TheTaste.ie, and SUITCASE magazine.