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Frozen Vegetable Soup with Farro and Chicken Sausage

Frozen Vegetable Soup with Farro and Chicken Sausage

 
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 35 minutes
Ready in 45 minutes
Makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 links (8-10 ounces) pre-cooked Italian chicken sausage, halved lengthwise then thinly sliced crosswise into half moons
  • 1 large leek, white and light green parts only, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 1/2 cups 1/4-inch carrot rounds
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2/3 cup semi-pearled farro, rinsed well and drained
  • 7-8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups 1-inch pieces of asparagus
  • 2 packed cups baby spinach
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
 

For serving (optional)

  • Chopped fresh parsley or chives
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese
  • Extra lemon wedges
 

Directions

1. Heat the olive oil in a heavy-bottomed soup pot (or Dutch oven) over medium heat. When the oil is hot and shimmering, add the chicken sausage and cook until very lightly browned, about 4 minutes.
2. Add the leek and carrots, and cook for 3-4 minutes just until softened. Stir in the garlic and farro, and cook for 1 minute until the garlic is fragrant.
3. Add the chicken broth (7 cups for a thicker soup, 8 cups for a more brothy soup) and bring it to a boil. Lower to a simmer, and cook for 15-20 minutes until the farro is al dente (aka just tender).
4. Add the asparagus to the soup and cook for 3-4 minutes until bright green and just tender. Stir in the lemon juice and baby spinach and cook for 1 minute, just until the spinach has wilted. Taste and season with salt and fresh ground pepper.
5. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with fresh herbs and shaved Parmesan (if using). Serve with extra lemon wedges if you like.
 

Notes

1. To freeze: Let the soup cool to room temperature before adding it to an airtight container or ziptop freezer bag. Seal the container/bag, date and label the soup, and freeze for up to 3 months.
2. Instead of garnishing your soup with fresh herbs, try adding a dollop of your favorite pesto.
 
Recipe by Serena Wolf of