Kale and Farro Soup

Kale and Farro Soup
Linda Balslev
  • Yield: 6 servings

Either curly green or lacinato kale may be used for the soup. Remove tough ribs from leaves before chopping.


1tablespoon olive oil
1medium yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1cup farro (wheat berries)
6cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, plus additional broth as necessary
2cups butternut squash cubes (1/2 inch)
1 (28-ounce) can Italian plum tomatoes with juice
1 (2-inch) piece of Parmigiano cheese rind
1teaspoon dried thyme or 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
1/2teaspoon salt
2 to 3cups coarsely chopped green kale
Grated Parmigiano cheese


  1. Heat oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add farro and stir to coat. Add broth, squash, tomatoes, cheese rind, thyme and salt. Bring to a boil, breaking up tomatoes with a wooden spoon.
  2. Reduce heat, partially cover and simmer until squash is tender and farro is cooked, about 30 minutes. Stir in kale and simmer 2 minutes. Discard cheese rind. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle grated cheese on top.
  • Nancy Lane

    This is a FANTASTIC soup. My mom sent me the recipe from the Schenectady Gazette, which is hilarious since I am in the Bay Area. Thanks Lynda for a total winner.

  • Susan Webster

    Made this today, adding some diced smoked sausage to the pot with the oil for a few minutes before adding the onions, and using about 1/4 cup grated parmesan tied in cheesecloth instead of a rind because it’s what I had on hand. My whole family loved it and I barely had enough leftovers to make a lunch container for my hubby for tomorrow. Great recipe!