This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Vigo Foods. All opinions are 100% mine.
Italian meatball and farro soup is a warm and hearty dinner that’s perfect for chilly fall nights.
This fall has been exceptionally warm but November – and the cold weather that comes along with it – is finally here. You know what that means: the return of soup season!
This Italian meatball and farro soup is great for this transitional weather. It’s warm and comforting without being too heavy. This soup features flavorful homemade meatballs and nutty farro in a light chicken broth. Chopped kale and a little bit of pesto swirled in adds a burst of fresh flavor that will keep you coming back for more.
For this soup, I used two items from Vigo, an Italian import company based out of Tampa, that has some really great products. They were founded in 1947 and are still a family-owned business today!
The first, and one of the key ingredients in this soup, is their Farro Boil-In-Bag. If you’ve been reading Healthy Delicious for a while, you know that farro is one of my favorite grains. Its barley-like texture and nutty flavor is great in soups and stews, but I also love using it to add texture to potato rosti or as a hearty alternative to risotto. Farro is high in protein and fiber, so it’s a really great choice.
This boil in the bag version is brilliant! It’s pearled, which means part of the hull has been removed, resulting in a quicker cook time. The boil in the bag style also means you don’t need to measure out your water and doesn’t create a mess in the bottom of your pan. I prepare the rest of this soup while the farro cooks.
The other fun product that I used is Vigo’s Italian Style Seasoned Bread Crumbs. They’re the only breadcrumbs made with imported Pecorino Romano cheese and they use a blend of 11 spices that’s mixed at their Tampa facility. They have a ton of flavor, which means you can keep the rest of the ingredients in the meatballs super simple. I just add some onion and eggs to hold everything together.
Brown the meatballs in some oil so they get a nice, crispy crust, then simmer them in the soup until they’re cooked the rest of the way through. You can also make the meatballs ahead of time (cook them fully) and store them in the freezer for super quick and easy soup any night of the week.
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