- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 2 celery stalks, trimmed and chopped
- 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
- Salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 cup farro, spelt or barley
- 1 cup dried white beans, soaked for several hours or overnight
- 2 cups chopped tomatoes (canned are fine; do not drain)
- 6 cups stock or water, more as necessary
- ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
- ¼ cup chopped fresh basil, optional
- Freshly grated Parmesan
- Put oil in a large, deep saucepan over medium heat; a minute later add onion, celery, carrots, a large pinch of salt and some pepper. Cook until vegetables are glossy and onion is softened, 5 to 10 minutes. Add garlic, and stir; add farro, beans, tomatoes and stock, and stir.
- Bring to a boil, then adjust heat so mixture simmers steadily. Cook until farro and beans are tender, at least an hour, adding stock or water as necessary if mixture becomes too thick. Stir in parsley and basil (if using), then cook another 5 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning, then serve with lots of Parmesan.
NOTES: You could also use some of your vegetable stock in place of the water. Canned white beans can be substituted and just put into the soup with about 15 to 20 minutes of cooking time remaining.