This soup is really a meal in one: vegetables, grains, beans, and heart-healthy, monounsaturated olive oil. The traditional grain used would be faro, an Italian staple that can be found in most gourmet and natural food stores.
3 Tbsp (45 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, peeled and sliced into rings
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 stalks celery, sliced
2 carrots, sliced
2 tsp (10 mL) fresh sage, minced
2 tsp (10 mL) dried Italian herbs
8 cups (2 L) vegetable stock
2 tsp (10 mL) sea salt
1 14-oz (398-mL) can diced tomatoes or 2 cups (500 mL) fresh
1 14-oz (398-mL) can cannelloni beans
1 14-oz (398-mL) can chickpeas
1 cup (250 mL) cooked grain (brown rice, barley, or faro or combination of all three)
In a large soup pot, heat olive oil over medium heat and add onions, garlic, celery, carrots, and herbs. Sauté 10 minutes, until onions are soft and the herbs have released their flavour. Add vegetable stock, salt, tomatoes, beans, and chickpeas with their juice.
Cook 20 to 30 minutes over low heat. Add cooked grains and season to taste.
Serve with an additional drizzle of olive oil and garnish with flat-leaf parsley or other fresh herbs. Serves 8.
source:"Food Combinations for a Healthy heart", alive #268, February 2005
Adding farro, with its nutty bite, is a delicious and convenient way to increase your soup’s fibre and nutritional value. This hearty soup is the perfect remedy to a cold January day. Lemon and chervil add a bright contrast to the fibre-packed earthy flavours. Farro timesaver With a long cooking time, it’s worth it to cook a larger amount of farro and freeze it in small-portioned batches which can be thawed quickly. Using a ratio of 1:4 farro to water, cook on medium-high heat until farro is al dente, in a similar manner to the way you would cook pasta. Drain, rinse, portion, and freeze for later use. To thaw, simply run frozen farro under water or add directly to soup.
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Look for whole grain farro, which leaves the germ and bran intact, for this satisfying porridge that’s sure to kickstart your day. While the cooking time is longer than for pearled or semi-pearled varieties, you’ll get more nutrition. Take the time to enjoy the delicate scent of cardamom and ginger wafting through your kitchen as you prepare this. Ancient grain Farro (also referred to as emmer or einkorn) is a variety of wheat known as an ancient grain, which means that it hasn’t changed over time through breeding as is the case with many varieties of modern wheat.
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