10 December 2012

Zuppa di Farro e Fagioli (Farro & Borlotti Bean Soup) and Milano

I was looking up at the spectacular glass dome of the Park Hyatt Hotel in Milano when the first few snowflakes started to fall.  Along with the Christmas balls dangling from the dome, the snowflakes added to the festive touch.   Christmas is just around the corner.  I could smell it, I could see it and most of all, I could feel it. 

My husband and I had a short hiatus in Milano without the kids.  The little ones remained with their Nonna while we took a couple of days off from family time.   It was strange not having the kids ruling our attention.  It was a relief to be able to speak and hear each other once again.  We were unused to actually have time for ourselves.  And it was marvelous to taste everything that we put in our mouths.  I can go on and on about what we were able to do in such a short time.  It had been a long time since we really had a little break all for ourselves that lasted for more than a day. 

Being ensconced in a warm place with a hearty bowl of hot soup while a wonderful homey smell emanates from it and wraps itself around you is how I would like to spend a very cold day.  Winter has already started and my soup days has commenced too.  Let me share with you this rustic farro & fagioli soup flavored with fresh rosemary and tomato puree. 

Here are some random shots I did around Milano.  I hope you'll enjoy them while I prepare the next post with more pictures.  

The glass dome of Park Hyatt Hotel
Piazza del Duomo
Laduree, Marchesi & Peck
Tiffany's Christmas Tree at Excelsior
Dolce & Gabbana
A building across the Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio; Tempio della Vittoria; Banca d' Italia, Old building.
Basilica di Sant' Ambrogio & Cartier Building along Via Montenapoleone.
The finger statue called L.O.V.E. of Maurizio Cattelan in front of the Milan Stock Exchange Building
Enjoy a hearty farro and fagioli soup on these coming cold days.   Buon appetito and stay warm! 

Zuppa di Farro e Fagioli (Farro & Borlotti Bean Soup)

Serves 4
  • 300 grams fagioli (beans), soaked overnight & drained
  • 200 grams farro, soaked for a couple of hours & drained
  • 200 grams passata di pomodoro (tomato puree)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped coarsely
  • 1 carrot, chopped coarsely
  • 1 small onion or 1/2 big onion, chopped coarsely
  • 2 twigs fresh rosemary
  • Salt 
  • Pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  1. Boil the farro with salted water for half an hour.  Drain.  Set aside.
  2. In another saucepan, boil the fagioli with 1 twig of rosemary, 1 clove garlic, extra virgin olive oil, salt & pepper until tender, about 1 hour.  Blend half of the cooked fagioli until creamy.  Set aside.
  3. In a third saucepan, sauté the celery, carrot & onion in extra virgin olive oil.  After about 10 minutes, add the passata di pomodoro.  Put down the flame.  Add the remaining rosemary.  
  4. In the saucepan where you are sautéing, add the creamy fagioli and the whole fagioli.  Ladle the broth of the fagioli to keep a creamy soupy consistency.  Keep on adding broth to keep the same consistency.  Keep the flame low.  
  5. Add the cooked farro.  Season with salt & pepper.
  6. Before serving, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.  Serve hot.


  1. I love this soup! I get cold so easily, the only thing that can keep me warm is bowls of soup and steaming mugs of tea!

    Ah Milano - it still takes my breath away. Can't wait to see more! :)

    1. Those are the best ways to warm up in winter. Thanks Laura!

  2. What a perfect kind of soup with this cold weather, especially in front of the fireplace. I cannot wait to try this. Thank you for sharing Rowena! I always follow your blog. Bridget

  3. Beautiful soup and gorgeous photography!

  4. What a lovely soup. I can't wait to try it.


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