Farro Soup with Red Chard and Sausage

Farro Soup with Red Chard and Sausage | Kitchen Confidante

I’m a Gemini. What’s your sign?

I’m not asking for the sake of doltish smalltalk, or worse, to tell you a story involving a ridiculous pick-up line. It’s just that every time I pack for a trip, I find myself thinking, “I’m such a Gemini.”

My love for travel runs through my blood like you wouldn’t believe; my parents instilled this in me at a young age, when airline travel still had a degree of romance and sophistication and isn’t the cattle herd we endure today. If given the choice between a fabulous piece of jewelry and a vacation, I will always choose the vacation.

But the packing? Oh, it pains me.

It wasn’t always this way, but lately, I find that the packing is almost torture. Do I bring this outfit or that? But what if…? I might need…this pair of shoes (never mind I’ve already packed four others). Those decisions can take hours. Which means my tendency is to bring the whole closet with me.

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I’m headed to Salt Lake City tomorrow. I had hopes to attend this year’s Altitude Summit, only to find that it was sold out, and was thrilled when my generous friends at Wayfair and Joss & Main gave me an opportunity to do so. As I packed today, I started to feel that familiar angst, and then I challenged myself.

Pack like you cook.

When I cook, there are no hesitations, no dissertations on what items to include in the pot. I am decisive and succinct. As I packed tonight, I was excited to find that I did much better than usual. I fit everything I need for the conference in a small bag. It is zipped up now, and I am ready to meet new friends. I’m ready to learn. I’m ready to soak it all in.

(I just have to remember not to ask anyone their sign.)

Farro Soup with Red Chard and Sausage | Kitchen Confidante

When I saw the gorgeous red chard in the market, I just had to have a bunch. The frigid evenings make me crave wholesome soups, and I was eager to throw the crimson leaves into a pot with one of my new favorite grains. Farro has become a little obsession for me – it’s texture and chewiness, the slight nuttiness to the grain – it’s something I can’t stop eating. This Farro Soup with Red Chard and Sausage is bright and comforting, and perfect for this time of year.

And I didn’t have to think twice.

Farro Soup with Red Chard and Sausage | Kitchen Confidante

(Will you be at Alt this year? If so, I hope to meet you! If you see a girl wearing the same boots two days in a row, that’s -sigh- me.)

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Farro Soup with Red Chard and Sausage

Yield: Serves 6-8.

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 30 min

Total Time: 40 min

I can't get enough soup in the winter time, and this, to me, is hearty enough to get me through the cold weather, and full of all the wholesome things I love. The red chard bleeds its red tint into the soup and gives such an earthy balance to the farro.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
1 cup diced onions
1 1/2 cups diced carrots
1 1/2 cups diced celery
4 stalks red chard, sliced
1 1/4 cups farro
8 cups chicken stock
kosher salt, to taste
freshly ground black paper, to taste
2 links sausage, such as smoked Polish sausage
1 teaspoon Sherry vinegar

Directions:

In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot over medium-low heat, heat the olive oil. Add the onions, carrots and celery, seasoning lightly with salt and pepper. Cook until the onions are translucent, then stir in the chard and farro. When the chard begins to wilt, pour in the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer, and let it cook for about 20 minutes, or until the farro has puffed up and expanded. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in the sausage and the Sherry vinegar and adjust seasoning once more if necessary.

Serve hot, with a drizzle of fresh olive oil and crusty baked bread.

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by Liren Baker on January 23, 2013

10 Responses to “Farro Soup with Red Chard and Sausage”

  1. Betty Ann @Mango_Queen January 23, 2013 @ 6:54 am (#
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    Whaaa? You’re a Gemini, too? No wonder we get along so well :-) This is such warm comfort in a bowl ~ love all the flavors! I would like a big serving to slurp on right now. Thanks for sharing. Have fun in at the conference. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts and posts! Take care, Liren :-)

  2. Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 23, 2013 @ 8:38 am (#
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    Such a comforting soup, Liren! I’m a Taurus, and have the stubborn personality to go with – though I prefer to call myself “determined.” ;)

  3. fabiola@notjustbaked January 23, 2013 @ 10:28 am (#
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    That chard is sooo beautiful! I am a sucker for a beautiful veggie, and a warming soup. I have never used farro in my soups and I am not sure why. It is the perfect way to make it filling and healthy. Love it!

  4. dixya @ food, pleasure, and health January 23, 2013 @ 3:18 pm (#
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    could not stop laughing because i am same way when it comes to packing- even though i am going for a weekend or something- i panic a lot and end up emptying a whole closet. Gosh i wish packing is simple like cooking- few ingredients, one pot dish and simple. On a different note, being a Pisces, I am always cold and soups like these are always welcome! Chard looks so good and with sausage- totally comforting!

  5. Caeli January 23, 2013 @ 6:21 pm (#
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    That was sooo good!

  6. Deb January 24, 2013 @ 6:54 am (#
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    I also have been enjoying faro, it is a bit larger and more toothsome than barley. Love the soup recipe, easy to prepare and bursting with flavor. Just perfect for a rainy winter dinner. (BTW: Will not divulge my sign, unless under duress! LOL)

    • liren replied: — January 30th, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

      So funny, now I am so curious as to your sign, Deb!

  7. Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up January 29, 2013 @ 10:56 am (#
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    I HATE packing. Love to travel hate to pack. My partner (who is also a Gemini) could pack for days. Works for me!

    I love that this soup is FULL of the ingredients. Looks very hearty.

    • liren replied: — January 30th, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

      Relieved to know I’m not alone when it comes to packing and traveling! (And yes, this is a wonderfully hearty soup, without sinking to the bottom of your stomach!)

  8. Jenny J January 31, 2013 @ 9:36 am (#
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    That was amazing. Easy enough to make on a weeknight and plenty of leftovers for lunch. So filling as a full meal. Love it.

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