Today, I’m teaching a soup class at our local senior center where we’ll be making this Hearty Chicken Chorizo, Kale, Bean and Farro Soup. It’s definitely on the heartier side, and a great one dish meal for the wintertime. The purpose of the cooking class is to encourage seniors to make healthy meals at home. Often, whether you’re living alone, or are empty nesters, it can be hard to get motivated to cook. However, it’s so much less expensive than buying prepared foods, and you can control exactly what goes into the recipe to suit your tastes.
Inspired by a White Bean Soup with Kale and Chorizo I spotted on Cooking Light, this soup has a Spanish twist using chicken chorizo (I found this at Whole Foods) and smoked paprika. I embellished this soup to make it a one-bowl meal with a lot more vegetables (carrots, mushrooms, and zucchini in addition to the powerhouse kale), and whole grain fiber (farro). Farro is a whole grain that is sometimes hard to find. I bought some quick-cooking farro from Trader Joe’s to test it out, but you can also find it at Italian delis and at Whole Foods. For a gluten-free version, simply substitute brown rice or quinoa for farro. You could easily turn this into an Italian soup with Italian chicken or turkey sausage, oregano and thyme.