Oprah's Kale and Farro Soup

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Oprah's Kale and Farro Soup
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Oprah's kale and farro soup recipe from her new cookbook, Food, Health, and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life, is the perfect easy (and healthy) weeknight meal. A flavorful broth packed with veggies and tender farro, this soup is sure to be your new go-to recipe.

As the farro cools, it continues to absorb liquid. So if you're reheating leftovers, simply add more stock and season again with salt and pepper.

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Oprah's Kale and Farro Soup

Recipe adapted from 'Food, Health, and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life,' by Oprah Winfrey

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour and 5 minutes


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 small yellow onion, finely chopped

1 leek, white and light green parts only, halved—rinsed and thinly sliced

2 medium carrots, diced

2 celery stalks, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 cups pearled farro, rinsed and drained

1 pound (2 cups) peeled butternut squash, cut into ½-inch cubes

8 cups chicken stock

One 14-ounce can diced tomatoes

One 3-inch Parmesan rind, plus freshly grated Parmesan, for garnish

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon dried thyme

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

1 bunch (6 ounces) green curly kale, stems removed and leaves roughly chopped


1. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and leek, and cook until softened, 4 minutes. Add the carrots and celery, and cook until beginning to soften, another 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute.

2. Stir in the farro, followed by the squash, chicken stock, tomatoes, Parmesan rind, bay leaf, thyme, salt and pepper. Bring to a light simmer and cook, partially covered, until the farro and squash are tender, 30 to 35 minutes.

3. Stir in the kale and cook until tender, 2 minutes more. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, then divide between bowls. Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan and serve.

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