A bowl of Farro Soup with Red Chard and Sausage.

Farro Soup with Red Chard and Sausage

This easy Farro Soup with Red Chard and Sausage comes together quickly for a hot meal on cold days. Served with a drizzle of fresh olive oil and crusty baked bread, the soup is both comforting and wholesome.

A bowl of Farro Soup with Red Chard and Sausage.
Farro Soup with Red Chard and Sausage

I can’t get enough soup in the winter time. This Farro Soup with Red Chard and Sausage is hearty enough to get me through the cold weather and it’s full of all the wholesome things I love. The red chard bleeds its red tint into the soup and gives an earthy balance to the farro.

A white bowl filled with farro soup with the words, "Farro Soup with Red Chard and Sausage".

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.

Red chard on a wooden cutting board.
Stalks of red chard on a wooden cutting board.

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.)

A bowl of Farro Soup with Red Chard and Sausage.

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.

A spoon in a bowl of Farro Soup with Red Chard and Sausage.

(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

I can't get enough soup in the winter time. This Farro Soup with Red Chard and Sausage is hearty enough to get me through the cold weather and it's full of all the wholesome things I love. The red chard bleeds its red tint into the soup and gives an earthy balance to the farro.
Course Soup
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 423kcal

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 chopped into bite-sized pieces (sausage such as smoked Polish sausage)
  • 1 teaspoon Sherry vinegar

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 423kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 753mg | Potassium: 852mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 7457IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. Jenny J

    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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  2. Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up

    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.

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    • liren

      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!)

      Reply
  3. Deb

    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)

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  4. dixya @ food, pleasure, and health

    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!

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  5. fabiola@notjustbaked

    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!

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  6. Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Such a comforting soup, Liren! I’m a Taurus, and have the stubborn personality to go with – though I prefer to call myself “determined.” ;)

    Reply
  7. Betty Ann @Mango_Queen

    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 :-)

    Reply
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