Mushroom Farro Soup

I love using the term je ne sais quoi.

It’s such a tangible way to describe the intangible.

I love that it’s appropriate in so many different situations.

It can describe an evening, a person, a dress, a painting, a place, a poem, a feeling deep inside, a flavor…

You always know it when you experience it even though the description itself is about something elusive.

This soup embodies the quality of je ne sais quoi. 


  • Prep Time1 hr 10 min
  • Cook Time45 min
  • Total Time1 hr 55 min
  • Serving Size8 servings
  • Suitable for Diet
    • Vegetarian


  • ¼ cup mixed dried mushrooms broken into small pieces
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 2 T Butter
  • 2 T Olive Oil
  • 1 lb mushrooms, washed and sliced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 3 Stalks of celery, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, diced
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 2 T flour
  • 1 quart mushroom stock
  • 2 cups water or light stock
  • 1 T Fresh sage, chopped fine or 1 t dried sage
  • 1 cup Farro
  • 1/2 cup half and half or evaporated milk (optional, but delicious)
  • ¼ cup Dry Sherry
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparing the soup


Cover the dried mushrooms with boiling water and let sit for 15 minutes. 

Saute the fresh mushrooms, carrots, celery, onion and garlic in the butter and olive oil in a large soup pot until reduced.  Add wine and cook until wine has evaporated. Sprinkle with flour and cook for 1 minute. Add stock, sage, reconstituted dried mushrooms and soaking liquid. Bring to boil. Turn down heat to medium low and add Farro. Simmer for ½ hour. Add cream (if using) and dry sherry. Salt and pepper to taste.

To Serve


Ladle into bowls and enjoy! 

Do you know someone who would love this recipe?

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  • Walls leak.
  • Your windows and doors may no longer close properly.  
  • There are gaps in places where there should not be gaps.
  • Floors are no longer level.
 Signs that we’re settling may not be as visible but are still evident. 
  • Our leaks may show up as tears over seemingly trivial matters or harsh words or contempt.
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When our house or we settle it initially shows up in small ways. Left unattended the damage grows and with it the difficultly in finding a solution. However, if we pay attention to those early signs it’s easier to figure out the problem, address the issue and fix it.
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