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Dinner Tonight: Italian Kale and Farro Soup

[Photograph: Blake Royer]

Minestrone is a perfect expression of all kinds of exciting new vegetables coming into season. April is certainly here, but the fact is we're not quite there yet with the produce (at least here in Chicago) where you can simmer fresh vegetables with some water and call it dinner (my favorite variation is with some pesto stirred in). That's why this recipe caught my eye: It's rich and satisfying thanks to root vegetables, but bright and leafy thanks to the canned tomatoes and a winter staple like kale.

But the real secret here is farro, the Italian grain. Nutty and chewy, it's sort of like barley but with a much more interesting flavor and texture. It adds something substantial without turning it into health food.

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