Summer Minestrone with Farro

A good pot of soup is such a good thing. I love to make a big batch at the start of the week and have enough leftovers for days of packable lunches. Pair with a loaded-up salad and a big slice of crusty bread and done! This soup does well with this make-ahead method: the vegetables hold up to reheating, and a fresh drizzle of pesto and grating of Parmesan easily brings it back to life. 

Prepping meals in advance can be extremely helpful when you are trying to keep your eating “on track” – whatever that means for you. Cooking in bulk not only allows you to spend less time in the kitchen during your busy week, but it also takes the guesswork out of deciding what to have for dinner. A few of my favorite make-ahead dishes are Tuscan Bean Soup, Southwest Quinoa Salad, Black-Eyed Pea Falafel, and Herb-Dijon Egg Salad Tartines

Summer Minestrone Soup with Farro
Serves about 6 as an entrée, 12 as a side
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
  1. 1 cup farro, rinsed
  2. 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  3. 1 leek, halved and sliced into half-moons
  4. 2 carrots, diced
  5. 1 celery stalk, diced
  6. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  7. 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
  8. 10 cups vegetable stock
  9. 4 teaspoons salt
  10. ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  11. ½ teaspoon dried basil
  12. 2 zucchini
  13. 2 yellow squash
  14. 2 cups cut green beans, fresh or frozen
  15. 1 cup lima beans
  16. 1 cup cannellini beans
  17. 2 cups chopped lacinato kale
  18. ½ cup chopped fresh basil
  19. ½ cup pesto
  20. Parmesan
  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Rinse the farro in a mesh strainer and add to the boiling water. Return the water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes to cook the farro to al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Saute the leek, carrot, celery, and garlic for about 5 minutes until softened.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, vegetable stock, cooked farro, salt, oregano, and dried basil and bring to a low simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the zucchini, squash, green beans, lima beans, cannellini beans, and kale and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  5. Garnish each serving with fresh basil, a drizzle of pesto, and a healthy grating of parmesan.
  1. SR Clients: 3 cups soup + 1 tablespoon pesto + ½ oz. parmesan = Level 2-3 (75-100%) entrée. 1.5 cups soup + ½ tablespoon pesto + ¼ oz. parmesan = Level 3 (100%) appetizer.
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