Friday, March 22, 2013

Mixed Vegetable and Farro Soup

Do you read Food and Wine magazine? This month Mario Batali was the guest editor. And so far it is the best issue I have recieved!

I found this recipe on the Food and Wine site. Perfect for Lent. And perfect because I had all the ingredients in the house! And also perfect for tomorrow night. Yes soup on a Saturday night. Why? Because I will be making Meat Pies!

Mixed Vegetable and Farro Soup

Ingredients -
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 medium leek, white and pale green parts only, thinly sliced
1 cup farro or wheat berries
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 quarts water
One 15-ounce can borlotti or pinto beans, drained and rinsed
2 large carrots, halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick
1 1/2 cups frozen peas
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons thinly sliced basil

Method -

In an enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the oil. Add the celery, onion and leek and cook over moderately high heat, stirring a few times, until softened, 5 minutes. Add the farro and tomato paste and cook, stirring, until the grains are coated and shiny, 30 seconds. Add 1 quart of the water and the beans and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. Add the carrots and the remaining 1 quart of water. Cover and cook over low heat until the carrots are tender, 30 minutes. Add the peas, cover and cook until tender, 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, top with the basil.

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