The farro­­an ancient whole grain rich in iron and fiber--and butternut squash make this slow-cooker soup hearty and filling. If you're looking for an easy way to work whole grains into your diet, this is it.

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Source: Everyday Slow Cooker


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  • Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add the mushrooms and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper; cook, stirring often, until the mushrooms are browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the onions and celery; cook, stirring often, until the onions and celery are slightly softened, about 4 minutes.

  • Transfer the mushroom mixture to a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Stir in the squash, water, stock, and farro. Cover and cook on LOW until the farro and vegetables are tender, about 4 hours.

  • Just before serving, add the spinach, parsley, basil, vinegar, salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, stirring until the spinach wilts. Ladle the soup into bowls; top evenly with the Parmigiano-Reggiano.


Multicooker Directions: Complete Step 1. In Step 2, transfer the mushroom mixture to the inner pot of a 6-quart multicooker. Stir in the squash, water, stock, and farro. Lock the lid; turn Pressure Valve to "Venting." Cook on SLOW COOK [Normal] until the farro and vegetables are tender, 4 hours. Complete Step 3.

Nutrition Facts

212 calories; protein 10g 20% DV; carbohydrates 31g 10% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 4g 16% DV; sugars 4g; fat 7g 11% DV; saturated fat 2g 10% DV; cholesterol -1mg; vitamin a iu -1IU; vitamin c -1mg -2% DV; folate -1mcg; calcium -1mg; iron -1mg -6% DV; magnesium -1mg; potassium -1mg; sodium 528mg 21% DV; thiamin -1mg -100% DV.