Rainbow chard and farro soup
( SERVES 4 )
Farro is the Italian name for an old wheat variety. I have used farro perlato (pearled farro) which will cook in 20 minutes. Farro has a nutty flavour and distinctive chewy texture. You could also use pearl barley. The rainbow chard can be substituted with silverbeet or try combining with spinach, curly kale or cavolo nero. If using cavolo nero remember to pull away its central stem as it can be coarse.
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- Heat olive oil in a large heavy-based saucepan. Add garlic and chilli flakes and warm to flavour the oil. Add carrots, celery, onion and leek and cook over a low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add potato, farro and hot chicken stock, bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10minutes, again stirring occasionally.
- Add rainbow chard and simmer for a further 10 minutes. The vegetables should be cooked and the farro swollen but with a little bite. Taste, adding salt and pepper if necessary.
- Serve soup hot with crusty bread and herbed butter (to make, mix together ingredients above) if wished.