root vegetable soup with farro & lentils du puy

vegetable soup with lentils & farro

Last night when I was figuring out what we would do for dinner, I realized that I only had a few remaining vegetables left from our CSA. The share is over until next summer and I’m a little bit sad about it. I loved getting vegetables that I don’t normally purchase and it was good to cook with things that were a bit out of my comfort zone. The vegetables that come from the farm aren’t rinsed and aren’t “perfectly” shaped – they come with the dirt still attached and I’m fine with that. Though I’m happy that wiping dirt from my countertops won’t be a chore until next year.

vegetable soup with lentils & farro

This soup is an ode to the last CSA of the season as almost all the vegetables are the local, organic ones from the farm. It’s a hearty soup that is full of flavour and texture. The soup has a mild sweetness from the beets and a bit of heat from the fresh chilis. I wanted to add in some lentils and farro and they were great additions. And because this was a “cleaning out the fridge” soup, it’s easily adaptable to what you’ve got on hand. Rutabaga, turnips, yams, potatoes or whatever you’ve got lingering in your crisper would be lovely. As the soup sits, it becomes thicker and more like a stew. We happily ate it both ways.

vegetable soup with lentils & farro

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22 comments to “root vegetable soup with farro & lentils du puy”

  1. 1
    Thea | mon ami   November 28, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    This sounds amazing. I’ve had trouble finding farro in Vancouver. Where do you get yours?

    Thanks for sharing

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    Bijoux   November 28, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    This is a perfect lunch for work. I’ve had farro before in Greece but I’ve never made it myself. I can’t wait to try it out. It looks so delicious and healthy.

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    Christmas Sweets   November 28, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Hi, can I just substitute farro with regular wheat. I can’t seem to find one in the grocers near me. Have you tried it? Your dish definitely looks delicious.

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    Joanne   November 29, 2010 at 3:17 am

    It is definitely crazy to believe that CSA season is over. Where did the time go?

    This soup sounds seriously delicious. Hearty in all the right ways.

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    Tracy   November 29, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Looks incredible. A huge bowl of comfort which I would happily eat with a couple slices of crusty/crunchy bread.

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    kickpleat   November 29, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Thea, I found the farro at Granville Island – but I’ve also seen it at the Gourmet Warehouse. Hope that helps!

    It would be a great lunch, Bijoux. Farro is nice as it has a good bite along with the lentils du puy which don’t turn to mush. Enjoy!

    Sweets, do you mean wheat berries? If so, yes. Go right ahead.

    Joanne, I know, I’m so bummed! I could have signed on to a winter share, but my husband who picks up our share by bike wasn’t too thrilled about the idea :)

    Thanks Tracy, it’s a great bowl of comfort. Bread nice but not needed :)

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    Natasha   November 29, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    This looks and sounds delicious, so healthy and perfect on a chilly evening. I will definitely try this recipe, thanks!

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    Susan   November 29, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I love a good hearty soup with lots of vegetables. It’s meant to be the first day of summer here in Australia, but at the moment where I live it’s raining and cold, so a soup would be lovely on a day like this!

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    Christmas Sweets   November 30, 2010 at 2:04 am

    oh thanks! Need your approval before I’ll give it a go. :)

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    Denise Michaels - Adventurous Foodie   December 1, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Soup is perfect for cleaning out the frig. I’ll bet what you’ve shown here will inspire some readers to do something a little more creative with their Thanksgiving leftovers. Even though I made a big pot of Turkey Soup and sort of a Turkey Curry – I’ve still got some turkey remaining in a Tupperware container in the frig.

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    Thea | mon ami   December 2, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Thanks for the suggestions – I will now try and hunt down some farro in this city!

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    kickpleat   December 2, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Thanks Natasha, it’s a good one. Very homey and comforting.

    Susan, I’m envious of your summer, even though there is rain. Enjoy!

    Thanks CS.

    I hope so Denise! Soups are ideal for cleaning out the fridge.

    Glad I could help, Thea!

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    ET   December 5, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Lentils du puy! Tasty, tasty food items! This looks so good.

    Why not put CSA veggies in the sink and rinse them before they even get to the counter?

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    kickpleat   December 5, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    ET, Often my sink is full of dishes sadly so it isn’t my first option. One of these I’ll get a dishwasher and then my sink won’t need to be a holding tank for dirty dishes.

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    Dana   December 7, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Somehow, my lovely Jeannette, your blog fell out of my RSS feed. And that is a crying shame because yours is one of my favorites. I love the idea of farro and lentils together. What a nourishing and beautiful soup.

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    kickpleat   December 9, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Oh no, Dana. Glad you’re back to commenting again. Phew, you were definitely missed.

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    Joan   November 28, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Where can I buy farro in Vancouver? I found it ONCE at Costco and my family loved it. When I returned to buy it again it seemed that Costo quit carrying it. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.

    Thank you.

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    kickpleat   November 28, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Joan, I found farro at the Gourmet Warehouse and at Granville Island (there’s a shopkeeper who has a lot of dried/bulk goods). Good luck!

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    Robert F   February 12, 2012 at 12:26 am

    I made this. When you publish the book, be sure to put the last six ingredients into the recipe. I thought the soup was too thin as written, so I used a stick blender which gave it a thicker texture. A dollop of non-fat greek yogurt on top of the bowl gives a nice contrast. Not my favorite stitch in book of Pleat, but not bad.

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