Farro, Mushroom, and Spinach Soup

Quick and simple vegetarian dinner of grains, mushrooms, and spinach. Great for lunch, too! 30-minute one-pot meal.

Farro with Mushrooms and Spinach
Sally Vargas

If you haven’t met farro yet, let me introduce you.

Farro is an ancient grain with long-ago origins in western Asia. It has an earthy, nutty flavor and a chewy texture that works well in everything from winter soups to hearty salads.

Italian cooks have enjoyed this grain for years, and it's beginning to catch on here, too. Give it a try in this hearty, but easy, meal of cooked farro, sautéed mushrooms, and greens!

Farro with Mushrooms and Spinach
Sally Vargas

As farro's popularity has grown, it's become easier to find it in stores. Look for pearled farro (perlato), which is quick-cooking.

Be sure to read the package carefully when buying. Other grades of the grain are only semi-pearled or whole, and these retain the tough husks and take longer to cook, sometimes requiring an overnight soak in water. (Also, don't confuse farro with spelt, which looks very similar.)

If you can’t find the quick-cooking variety, just be sure to follow the package directions and adjust the cooking times accordingly.

Also, FYI, farro is a kind of wheat, and therefore not suitable for anyone with wheat sensitivities.

On to this recipe! A warming bowl of farro with mushrooms is one of my favorite dishes when the snow piles up outside. I make it a little soupy, like a cross between a stew and a risotto.

I love it for lunch on its own, or as a simple supper topped with a poached or fried egg. You could also serve it alongside roast chicken.

Farro, Mushroom, and Spinach Soup

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 4 servings

If you're looking for a substitute for the wine in this recipe, try 1/2 cup chicken stock with 1 teaspoon vinegar added.


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 pounds mixed mushrooms, sliced (such as white mushrooms, crimini, Portobello or shiitake)

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

  • 2 bunches scallions, thinly sliced

  • 1 1/4 cups pearled (quick-cooking) farro 6 ounces)

  • 1/2 cup white wine

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • 3 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock

  • 4 large handfuls baby spinach leaves

  • 1/2 cup Parmesan, freshly grated

  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped

  • Extra Parmesan (for garnish)


  1. Cook the mushrooms and scallions:

    In a stockpot or large saucepot over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes, or until the mushrooms release their juices and turn golden brown.

    Stir in the thyme, soy sauce, and scallions, and cook for 2 minutes longer.

    Farro with Mushrooms and Spinach
    Sally Vargas
  2. Add the farro, wine, salt, and pepper and simmer for 5 minutes, or until the wine has reduced
  3. Stir in the stock and bring to a simmer:

    Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot and cook for 10 minutes, or until the farro is tender (taste one of the grains to check). Uncover, turn the heat up to high, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes to reduce the liquid to the consistency of a thick stew. (If the farro looks dry, add a little more stock at this point.)

    Farro with Mushrooms and Spinach
    Sally Vargas
  4. Stir in the spinach and parsley:

    Cook for 30 seconds, or until the spinach wilts. Stir in the 1/2 cup Parmesan.

    Taste, and season with more salt and pepper, if you like. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle a little Parmesan on top.

    Farro with Mushrooms and Spinach
    Sally Vargas
Farro with Mushrooms and Spinach
Sally Vargas
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
495 Calories
19g Fat
59g Carbs
26g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 495
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 981mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 22%
Dietary Fiber 15g 52%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 39mg 193%
Calcium 417mg 32%
Iron 14mg 76%
Potassium 2144mg 46%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.