Hugh Atkinson's Beef and Farro Soup Recipe
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Beef and Farro Soup from Hugh Acheson

A hearty and comforting soup best enjoyed during the winter.    The white miso makes all the difference. 
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings (generous)
Author: Hugh Acheson from Food and Wine


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef chuck cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 9 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  • 1 head of garlic pierced all over with a knife
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 cup farro
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 1 leek light green and white parts only, thinly sliced
  • 2 celery ribs thinly sliced
  • 3 small carrots chopped
  • 1 small bunch Tuscan kale chopped (3 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons white miso
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for garnish


  • In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the oil. Season the meat with salt and pepper, add half to the casserole and cook over moderate heat, turning, until browned, about 5 minutes; using a slotted spoon, transfer to a large plate. Repeat with the remaining meat.
  • Pour off all of the oil from the casserole. Add 1 cup of the stock and stir, scraping up any browned bits. Add the remaining 8 cups of stock along with the meat, garlic, thyme and bay leaves and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the meat is tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Stir in the farro and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook over moderate heat until the farro is almost tender, 20 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, leek, celery, carrots, kale, miso and paprika. Cover and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Discard the garlic and herb sprigs. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls. Garnish with cheese and serve.