Chicken Soup with Farro and Vegetables

Chicken Soup with Farro and Vegetables – an easy, healthy and filling weeknight meal. You’ll love the texture of the farro in this soup.

Chicken Soup with Farro and Vegetables - healthy, easy, and delicious. Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com

Here in Michigan, it has been collllllllllld. Winter has arrived in full force. This of course means I’m craving lots of warm soups and stews. Nearly all my soups turn out more like stew — we like them thick.

Less broth, more of the good stuff. If you have a guy in the house who might raise an eyebrow about eating soup as a main course – just make it super thick and full of great protein. He’ll be happy and full – on soup alone!

As I mentioned earlier this week, I often buy and roast bone-in chicken breasts (I get the big ol’ family pack of them). Once they are roasted and cooled, I’ll shred them. Sometimes I keep the shredded chicken in the fridge but most often, I throw it into zip-top bags and freeze it. It makes for simple meals when I don’t really know what I’m going to cook.

Just the other day, Ben came home from work for a few minutes before jetting back to work for an evening event. He was going to grab Subway on the way back to work but he had a bit of a sore throat.

So I convinced him to eat a quick dinner before he left again. I grabbed a bag of frozen shredded chicken out of the freezer and using that, I had homemade chicken noodle soup on the table in under 30 minutes. And he said his throat felt the best it did all day. The powers of homemade chicken noodle soup, my friends.

Chicken Soup with Farro and Vegetables - healthy, easy, and delicious. Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com

Instead of noodles, for this soup I used farro. Farro is a grain — I’d describe it as similar in texture to barley. I often use barley for a soup (see my chicken barley soup with kale and butternut squash) like this but I switched it up for farro this time.

The farro helps to thicken this soup and it also retains a slight crunch to it. Not crunchy crunch – just a good bite. (I’m sure that totalllly makes sense. You better make this soup. Then you’ll know what I’m talking about.)

Chicken soup for the soul. Enjoy!

If you love this, you’ll also love Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Soup with Farro and Vegetables

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Chicken Soup with Farro and Vegetables – an easy, healthy and filling weeknight meal. You’ll love the texture of the farro in this soup.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3-4 stalks of celery
  • leaves from 2 sprigs fresh thyme (1/4 teaspoon to 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cups chopped or shredded cooked chicken
  • 4 cups of reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 water
  • 1 cup farro, rinsed
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add onion, carrots, and celery and season with salt and pepper. Sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add chicken, thyme, bay leaf, parsley, broth, and water. Bring to a boil.
  2. Add rinsed farro and return to a boil. Reduce to a low boil, cover and cook for 15 minutes or until farro is tender. Taste for seasonings. Add salt and pepper as necessary. Add water if it has become too thick (we love ours super thick, more like stew).
  3. Remove bay leaf and serve.

Notes

Serving size: 1 cup

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 197 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 42mg Sodium: 280mg Carbohydrates: 16g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 3g Protein: 18g
Verdict: Loved the farro in this chicken soup. Will definitely be making it again.

Husband’s take: Chicken soup with farro. I’m sure his first thought was “What in the world is farro?!?” But he loved it!

Changes I would make: None are necessary but I’m always throwing in whatever vegetables I have in the fridge.

Difficulty: Easy.

 

Craving more soup? Try slow cooker minestrone (with quinoa!), creamy tomato soup with whole wheat orzo, roasted cauliflower soup with cheddar, 20 minute Italian turkey, bean and spinach soup (a reader favorite!). Or if that isn’t enough, you can check out my entire archives of soup and stew recipes.

 

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9 comments

  1. It’s been getting all sorts of cold here too..and I actually have yet to make ONE SINGLE SOUP!
    But, this looks like THE place to start. Loving that farro! Pinned!

  2. We eat all the soup in the winter! Farro in soup is such a great variation! Pinned!

  3. This is a fully loaded beautiful-looking chicken soup! I love all the colorful veggies :)

  4. I actually have a bag of unopened farro in the cupboard that I had no idea what to do with. I love barley, so I’m excited to try it now!

  5. I’m pretty sure my kids could live on chicken soup alone all winter, and it doesn’t even get very cold here :)

  6. THIS IS FANTASTIC!!

  7. Have you ever tried this recipe in the slow cooker? How would you adjust it, if you did?

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