Spelt-and-Wild Mushroom Soup with Pasta
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.
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- Calories: 245
- Calories from fat: 18%
- Fat: 4.9g
- Saturated fat: 1.6g
- Monounsaturated fat: 2.3g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 0.5g
- Protein: 9.7g
- Carbohydrate: 42.7g
- Fiber: 3.3g
- Cholesterol: 5mg
- Iron: 3.1mg
- Sodium: 522mg
- Calcium: 130mg
- 1 cup uncooked spelt or wheat berries
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1/2 cup dried porcini or shiitake mushrooms (about 3/4 ounce)
- 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
- 3 cups thinly sliced leek (about 3 large)
- 6 cups Vegetable Stock or canned vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 1/2 cups hot cooked farfalle (about 1 cup uncooked bow tie pasta)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 6 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
- 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.
- 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.
- Combine parsley and garlic; divide into 2 (1/4-cup) portions.
- 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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