Zuppa d’Orzo – Tyrolean Barley Soup

Zuppa d'Orzo, or Tyrolean Barley Soup, is a hearty and nourishing dish hailing from the Trentino-Alto Adige region. This comforting soup is perfect for chilly days, combining the wholesome goodness of barley with vegetables, speck, and flavorful broth. Using high-quality ingredients from Flora Fine Foods, you can easily recreate this traditional alpine favorite in your own kitchen.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings



Prepare the Ingredients:

  • Rinse the barley under cold water and set aside.
  • Dice the speck or smoked bacon, chop the onion, mince the garlic, and dice the carrots, celery, and potato.

Sauté the Aromatics:

  • In a large pot, heat the Flora Fine Foods Extra Virgin Olive Oil over medium heat.
  • Add the diced speck or smoked bacon and cook until it starts to brown and release its fat, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the chopped onion and garlic, and sauté until the onion becomes translucent, about 3-4 minutes.

Add the Vegetables and Barley:

  • Add the diced carrots, celery, potato, and sliced leek to the pot. Stir to combine and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the rinsed barley and mix well to coat it with the oil and vegetables.

Simmer the Soup:

  • Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth and add the bay leaf.
  • Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 45-50 minutes, or until the barley and vegetables are tender. Stir occasionally to prevent the barley from sticking to the bottom of the pot.

Season and Serve:

  • Remove the bay leaf from the soup and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with freshly chopped parsley and a sprinkle of Flora Fine Foods Grated Parmigiano if desired.

Enjoy your Zuppa d'Orzo! Buon appetito!

  • This hearty and delicious Tyrolean Soup, made with Flora Fine Foods ingredients, brings the flavors of the Italian Alps right to your table.
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