Playing How To Make Chicken, Sausage and Farro Soup By Rachael

This is a delicious way to try farro—a hearty, healthy "ancient" grain that's packed with protein, fiber and nutrients.

Pro tip: Rach likes to add the cooked farro to the soup just before serving to maintain its pleasant, chewy bite (think perfectly al dente pasta).

Ingredients
For the farro:
  • Salt
  • 1 ½ cups pearled farro
  • 1 small onion, peeled and halved
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • A drizzle of EVOO
For the soup:
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage with fennel
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 ribs of celery, with leafy tops, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 leek, halved and washed, dried and thinly sliced
  • 1 small bulb fennel, quartered, cored and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed or sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • One 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • One chunk of rind from Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1 small bundle flat lacinato kale, stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 small rotisserie chicken
To serve:
  • Finely chopped white onion
  • EVOO
  • Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Yield
Serves: 6 to 8
Preparation

Bring a couple of quarts of water to a boil. Add salt, farro, onion and bay and cook 20-25 minutes until just tender. Drain and drizzle with a little EVOO, keep separate from soup.

Meanwhile, cut sausage from casings. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium to medium-high heat with EVOO, 2 turns of the pan. Add sausage and brown and crumble. Add carrots, celery, onion, leek, fennel and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Partially cover pot, sweat vegetables 10-15 minutes and stir occasionally. Add stock, tomatoes and parm rind, and bring to a boil. Wilt in kale. Remove skin from chicken and cutaway breasts, save dark meat for a salad. Pull or chop the chicken and stir into soup.

When you’re ready to serve, remove parm rind and separate half of the soup if not feeding a crowd and add half the farro. If you’re feeding a crowd, add farro to soup and heat through.  

Serve soup in shallow bowls with raw onion, EVOO, cheese.