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Escarole, Farro, and Chicken Soup

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I'd been craving escarole in soup for years--hence the long search for organic escarole. There's just something about escarole in a soup that is so clean and nourishing. When I served this soup at dinner (along with some garlic-butter toast) it was accompanied only by a long silence and the sounds of slurping and the scraping of spoons on bowls. You can make it with store-bought chicken broth, but there is nothing quite like a homemade broth--plus, it's so freaking easy. Well, it can be a bit of a mess, but an easy mess and worth the cleanup. I made this broth from the leftover carcass of a Wegmans Organic Rotisserie Chicken. (Hallelujah!)

Escarole, Farro, and Chicken Soup

Ingredients
  • Chicken broth
  • 1 cup farro
  • 1 bunch escarole
  • Salt
  • Romano cheese for garnish
Directions
  1. If you're going to make your own chicken broth, make that first. You'll need 4 to 8 cups or so. No need to be exact. If you make it yourself, strain it and add chicken pieces back in. If you use store-bought, just pour it in a pan (no actual chicken required).
  2. In another pot, cook 1 cup of farro in 3 cups of water for about 15 minutes. When done, drain and add to the broth.
  3. Clean and cut up a whole bunch of escarole and add it in at the end. Bring the soup to a quick boil, and then it's done!
  4. Well, salt to taste and add some Romano cheese, if you want, as a garnish.
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