Yield
6 servings (serving size: 1 1/3 cups soup, 1 tablespoon cheese, and 1/4 teaspoon olive oil)

Spelt, an ancient whole grain slightly higher in protein than wheat, can be found in health-food stores. Nutty in flavor, its kernels are similar in shape to unprocessed kernels of whole wheat (wheat berries), and the two are interchangeable in this soup.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place spelt in a medium saucepan; cover with water to 2 inches above spelt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and cook, uncovered, 1 hour or until tender. Drain.

Step 2

Combine 2 cups boiling water and mushrooms in a bowl; cover and let stand 30 minutes. Drain mushrooms through a colander, reserving soaking liquid. Discard mushroom stems; thinly slice mushroom caps.

Step 3

Combine parsley and garlic; divide into 2 (1/4-cup) portions.

Step 4

Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add spelt, mushrooms, 1/4 cup parsley mixture, and leek; sauté 5 minutes. Stir in the reserved mushroom liquid, Vegetable Stock, wine, and tomato paste; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until the spelt is tender. Add pasta, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook for 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Stir in reserved 1/4 cup parsley mixture. Spoon soup into bowls; sprinkle with cheese, and drizzle with 1 1/2 teaspoons oil.

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