Farro-Mushroom Soup

Prep Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins

A twist on mushroom-barley soup, this warming broth, nourished with fresh hens of the woods, royal trumpets, oysters, and chanterelles, counts as a meal. The farro is tender but with a satisfying chew, a handful of dried porcini offers additional depth of flavor, and dill and vinegar give each spoonful a real pop.


  • ¾ cup whole hulled farro, such as Hayden Flour Mills Farro Berries

  • 2 cups boiling water

  • ½ ounce dry porcini mushrooms (¼ cup)

  • 3 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • ½ stick unsalted butter

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 ¼ pounds mixed wild mushrooms, such as hen of the woods, royal trumpet, oyster, and chanterelle, wiped clean and sliced

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

  • ¼ cup dry sherry

  • 1 teaspoon white-wine vinegar

  • Chopped fresh dill, for serving


  1. Soak farro overnight in water to cover; drain.

  2. In a small bowl, pour boiling water over porcini; let stand 5 minutes. Drain, reserving liquid. Chop porcini.

  3. In a medium saucepan, combine farro, broth, and porcini liquid. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until almost tender, about 45 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over high. Add onion, garlic, and porcini mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent, about 4 minutes. Add wild mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms have released liquid and begun to brown, 6 to 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in sherry; cook until evaporated, about 1 minute.

  5. Stir mushroom mixture into soup; cook, partially covered, until farro is tender, about 15 minutes. Season with vinegar, salt, and pepper. Serve, sprinkled with dill.

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