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Minestra di Farro (Wheat berry soup)
200 g emmer (wheat berry);
200 g dried borlotti beans;
half a anion;
Rosemary, sage, 2 cloves of garlic;
4 slices of Continental bread.
Serving: 4
Preparation time: 15'
Cooking time:1h 40'
Difficulty: • •

Soak the beans for 5-6 hours. Drain, reserving the soaking water. Plance in cold water and, over a very low flame, with the saucepan cover on, bring to the boil to the boil for a good half-hour. In the meantime, chop the onion, garlic, rosemary and sage finely and let it all colour slightly in 5 or 6 tablespoons of live oil in a saucepan. Add the emmer and "toast" for a few minutes. Then pour over the water you have kept aside and simmer for a good hour.
Halfway through cooking time, throw in three quarters of the beans. Rub the rest through a sieve or vegetable mill and add this puree at the end to give the soup bulk.
Allow to rest a few minutes, then serve with a sprinkling of freshly ground pepper. Drizzle over a trickle of unrefined olive oil and dunk a slice of Continental bread (toasted and rubbed with a clove of garlic) in the dish.