Comforting & Hearty Stew Recipe | Mindfulpath Recipes by, Taryn McPherson
Stew is a great way to use up vegetables that have sat in the refrigerator a little longer and started to get wilted. This hearty stew is a warm, filling meal thanks to the beans and farro that balance out all the vegetables.
Farro is an ancient whole grain from the Fertile Crescent area that has started to gain popularity in North America. It has a nutty flavor and chewy texture and looks similar to barley once it’s cooked.
Tip - make sure to read the directions on the package of farro you buy. Some need to be soaked overnight before being cooked. Trader Joes has a 10-minute variety. Adjust the simmering of the soup to meet your farro’s needs.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion diced
4 medium carrots diced
3 cloves garlic crushed
4 large Swiss chard leaves chopped, stem diced
1 can fire-roasted tomatoes
2 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
8 cups vegetable stock
1 1/2 cup farro, dry
1 teaspoon dry basil
2 teaspoon dry oregano
1. Heat oil in a stew pot, then add onions, carrots, garlic, and Swiss chard stems. Saute until onions are soft.
2. Add tomatoes, beans, vegetable stock, farro, and herbs. Bring to a boil, then simmer until farro is cooked (it will open up and get soft), roughly 20 minutes.
3. Add the Swiss chard leaves and cook for another 3-5 minutes until leaves start to wilt.
4. Serve and enjoy! Top with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and serve with a side of fresh bread.
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