This chickpea and farro soup is packed with vegetables and full of flavor! It’s an easy recipe to make at the start of the week and reheat for a quick lunch or dinner!

Chickpea Farro Soup

This chickpea and farro soup has quickly become one of my favorites. I love how the farro maintains a chewy texture, even in soup. The chickpeas add additional protein and fiber and the tomatoes are an easy way to add some additional vegetables into this soup. If you’re not familiar with farro, this is a great recipe to start with!

What is Farro?

Farro is an ancient grain, full of protein, fiber, and other nutrients! The taste is heartier and chewier than brown rice and is sometimes confused with spelt. Because it is a type of wheat, it is not gluten-free. Farro can be found in the bulk bins at certain grocery stores but it’s also sold in packages from brands like Bob’s Red Mill or Trader Joe’s!

Types of Farro

  • Pearled Farro: This is the most common type of farro and it’s the type that we’ll use in this recipe. It’s a bit less nutritious because the bran is removed, but it has the shortest cook time.
  • Semi-pearled farro: As the name suggests, this type of farro has had part of the bran removed. It takes a bit longer to cook than pearled farro and it has more of a nutty flavor.
  • Whole farro: This type of farro includes the whole wheat bran, which makes it the most nutritious but it also takes the longest to cook. This type of farro typically needs to be soaked overnight before cooking.

types of farro

How to Tell if Farro is Pearled

Not sure if your farro is pearled? A package will usually say if it’s pearled or partially cooked. But if you don’t have the packaging, you can also take a look at the farro and see if it looks split. Whole farro will still be intact. But pearled farro will look puffier and split.

farro in a strainer

How to Cook Farro

Rinse the farro in a fine-mesh strainer. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the farro. Pearled farro will cook in 15 to 20 minutes. Semi-pearled farro typically cooks in 20-30 minutes. Whole farro takes about 40 minutes. For this recipe we’ll let the pearled farro cool for about 10 minutes, then we’ll let it continue to soften in the soup.

 

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chickpea farro soup

Chickpea and Farro Soup

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Soup

Description

This chickpea and farro soup is packed with vegetables and full of flavor! It’s an easy recipe to make at the start of the week and reheat for a quick lunch or dinner!


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup pearled farro
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon hot smoked paprika
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 15oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15oz can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • Salt + pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese (optional for topping)

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil
  • Add the farro and cook for 10 minutes or until softened.
  • Drain the farro and set aside.
  • In a separate large pot, add the olive oil and cook over medium heat for 30 seconds.
  • Add the onion, carrot, and celery and cook for 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring to coat with oil.
  • Add in the parsley, rosemary, paprika, and garlic and continue cooking until the vegetables are slightly softened.
  • Add the cooked farro, broth, chickpeas, and tomatoes and bring to a boil.
  • Simmer for 15-20 minutes until the flavors are combined and the vegetables are softened.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste and top with parmesan, if desired.

Keywords: Farro Soup

soup with farro

How to Store and Reheat Leftover Soup

This soup can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or the freezer for up to 1 month. To reheat leftovers, warm in the microwave or on the stovetop, adding additional broth as needed to reach your desired consistency.

Looking for other ways to use farro? Try this asparagus and farro salad for an easy, make-ahead recipe!asparagus and farro salad

You can also use it to make farro risotto on the stovetop or mushroom farro risotto in the Instant Pot!

stovetop risotto

Have you ever tried farro?

This post was originally published May 2017. Updated October 2020.