Abruzzo Woodland Bowl: Chestnut, Porcini, Pumpkin & Farro Soup

Abruzzo autumn soup

If there is one season that Abruzzo stands out for its dishes, it’s for the woodland flavours of Autumn.

One of the rustic hearty soups that you’ll find served inland at the agriturismi and restaurants that span the Apennine highlands is this pumpkin, porcini mushroom, chestnut, and farro one that is a meal in itself.  

The chestnut gives the soup a sweet background and as Niki Segnit remarks pumpkin/squash and mushroom pairing is a fairytale, the earthiness of the pumpkin makes them highly compatible.  The elegant father of wheat, farro (spelt) or you can substitute barley provides a nuttiness and along with the chestnuts ensures you leave the table comfortably sated!  I could happily eat it a few times a week right through to Christmas, changing the herbs and adding a little guanciale or pancetta to give it a different twist.  

Roadtrip to Il Rifugio il Ceppo

(This restaurant served the bowl in the photo last Sunday, recipe adapted from  Abruzzese food blogger, Essenza di Vaniglia)


Abruzzo autumn soup

Chestnut, Porcini, Pumpkin & Farro Soup

Laura Gioia
One of the rustic hearty soups that you’ll find served inland at the agriturismi and restaurants that span the Apennine highlands is this pumpkin, porcini mushroom, chestnut and farro one that is a meal in itself
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people


  • 200 g 200 g Pumpkin, peeled and cubed
  • 150 g Borlotti or Brown Beans
  • 100 g Farro
  • 100 g Porcini, Chantrelles, or Chestnut Mushrooms If you use dried mushrooms, reduce the quantity! 20/30 g will be enough!
  • 50 g Roasted Chestnuts peeled If you can't roast, boil them by cutting in half for 10 minutes in their shells and then deshell and add to the soup mixture for the final 30 minutes
  • 1 L Water
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 1 Celery
  • 4/5 Sage leaves
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


Chop all the vegetables into small cubes: pumpkin, onion, carrot and celery. Put  in a saucepan,and add 1 liter of water, salt and cover and bring to the boil. Add the washed farro, the roasted chestnuts and beans,  sage leaves; cover with a lid and cook for 40 minutes.
In a small pan, fry two tablespoons of oil with a clove of crushed garlic; then add the mushrooms and leave them to cook for a couple of minutes
After 40 minutes add the garlic and mushrooms to the soup with the cooking oil to the soup. Mix well and continue cooking for another 5 minutes or until the soup has reached the desired consistency and creaminess.
Season with salt and pepper and let it rest for 5 minutes and serve.
Keyword chestnuts, soup, porcini
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Sam Dunham
Author: Sam Dunham

Sam is a very lucky midlife 'mamma' to A who is 12 and juggles her work as a self-employed freelance SEO food and travel copywriter and EFL teacher. She is the founder of the Life In Abruzzo Cultural Association, co-founder of Let's Blog Abruzzo. she is the founder of the 'English in the Woods' initiative, teaching English outdoors in a forest style school.

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Donna M. Conicelli
Donna M. Conicelli
6 November 2020 21:24

5 stars
The soup is amazing! Easy to make and just delicious. It will be a family favorite for sure!

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