About this recipe:A warming and hearty soup that's full of flavour and really fills you up thanks to the farro, which is an ancient form of wheat. I took inspiration from an Italian recipe on this site, tweaking substantially to fit what I had to hand. The result was delicious!
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Method Prep:10min › Cook:20min › Ready in:30min
Heat the oil and butter in a medium saucepan. Add the shallot and cook over medium heat till just starting to soften. Add the garlic and bacon or pancetta. Once the bacon has browned, add all remaining ingredients, starting with 750ml of stock, and stir well.
Bring soup to the boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook, covered, till the farro is tender, about 15 minutes. Add more hot stock as needed to reach desired consistency.
If you can't find the quick-cooking variety, use regular farro and cook it separately according to packet instructions. Then add to the soup mixture and allow to simmer all together for 10 to 15 minutes to let the flavours combine.