Humble ingredients come together to make this a far from traditional vegetable soup and the flavor boosters make it a delicious comforting meal.
Place Farro in a small food processor and pulse 6 to 8 times until a small portion is grounded into powder.
Add a tsp of olive oil into a large sauce pan and add pancetta. Cook over medium low heat until browned, 5-7 minutes.
Add the leaks, carrots, celery, and shallots. Cook for 5-7 minutes, until lightly browned and softened. Add the garlic along with herbs & spices. Stir and cook 3 minutes more.
Add the vegetable broth and Farro, bring to a simmer and cook until the Farro is tender, 10-30 minutes, depending on your package directions. Add the fresh basil halfway through the cooking.
To serve, stir in the parsley and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired.