Ham and Farro Sunday Soup
This is like a lunch of my childhood. Winter days and rich thick soups with crusty bread alongside. Thought I would use some farro to be a little different and we all LOVED it. This is so old fashioned and so yummy...........but still a hit with the kids!
- olive oil
- 3 small red onions, finely sliced or chopped
- 2 sticks celery, sliced
- 2 small carrots, diced or sliced
- 1 ham hock
- 1 litre chicken or vegetable stock (I used Simon Gault’s Home Cuisine Veggie Stock)
- 200g Farro Perlato (I used Montebello)
- salt and pepper
- sour cream
- fresh herbs
- Heat the olive oil in a large heavy based pan.
- Tip in your prepared onions, celery and carrots.
- Place a lid over the pan and cook on a low heat for around 40 minutes until all the vegetables are soft and sweaty! This may take 60 minutes!
- Add in your ham hock
- Cover with approximately 1 litre of stock.
- Bring to the boil
- Reduce the heat to a simmer and allow to simmer for 11/2- 2 hours. Turn the ham hock a couple of times if it is not fully covered with the stock.
- Remove the ham hock from the soup and allow to cool before removing and chopping the meat. Discard the bone and set aside the chopped meat.
- Add the farro to the stock and vegetables and cook for a further 30 minutes.
- When you are ready to serve, add the chopped ham back into the soup. Stir through.
- Serve in bowls and top with sour cream and your favourite fresh herbs. Have some crusty bread and a true cold pressed olive oil on the side.
- This makes a gorgeous Sunday lunch !