Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Hands-on Time
15 Mins
Total Time
25 Mins
Serves 6 (serving size: 1 1/2 cups soup and about 2 1/2 teaspoons cheese)

This hearty one-pot meal couldn't be easier, and it makes for simple cleanup. Look for pouches of precooked farro either on the grain aisle or in the frozen food section of your supermarket.

How to Make It

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and next 5 ingredients (through bay leaf). Cook 7 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring frequently. Stir in broth and next 6 ingredients (through tomatoes); bring to a boil. Stir in Swiss chard and farro; cook 2 minutes or until chard wilts. Stir in green onions; top with cheese.

Ratings & Reviews

Loved this with some flavor enhancements

June 12, 2016
First of all, no water. Why would anyone put water in a soup?  Used Imagine vegetable broth. Cooked my own farro (much cheaper that way & so easy), cooked a piece of bacon, and used the drippings to saute the vegetables, put spices into vegetables for 15 seconds before adding stock and tomatoes.  Added the crumbled bacon, lemon rind, and fresh basil to the parmesan as a topping.  Made the soup in the morning, then added the farro and chard right before dinner (otherwise the farro will absorb the water and you'll get gruel).  With that--absolutely amazing!   This recipe makes a lot.  Delicious and filling.

Great recipe! Interesting flavor, subtle heat, filling

January 05, 2016
This soup was easy to put together on a busy weeknight. Great flavor, not sure if I'd title it "Smoky" but it has a delicious, subtle heat making the flavor super satisfying. Equally satisfying is the fiber. A little goes a long way, recipe makes plenty for leftovers when feeding two or three. Because I didn't have some things on hand, the changes I made were: omitted celery, dried parsley instead of fresh, chicken broth instead of veggie broth, omitted green onion. Felt barley might be a good sub for farro, although farro was amazing. Worth a try, great recipe! This will become a staple for us.

Really a great soup

May 31, 2015
This is a fabulous soup. Whole family loved it and I will be making this one regularly.


May 25, 2015
We absolutely love this. Have made it 4 times and counting. Kids eat it. Healthy and wonderful.

Smoky Farro and Chickpea Soup

April 27, 2015
Delicious! The smoked paprika chiefly contributes to the distinctive flavor. Don't substitute.Farro, chickpea and chard are a winning combination! I've made it twice, served it to a large group of people who enjoyed it as well. I've never been disappointed with a Deborah Madison recipe. 😊Thank you to 'Cooking Light' for publishing this recipe in their May 2015 magazine.