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Recipes Tagged with “Farro”

Summer Farro Salad

Main Course Side Dish Farro Salad


  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, quartered
  • 1 small carrot, halved
  • 1 celery rib, halved
  • 12 ounces farro (1 3/4 cups)
  • 5 cups water
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small seedless cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil


In a large saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the yellow onion, carrot and celery, cover and cook over moderately low heat until barely softened, about 5 minutes. Add the farro and stir to coat with oil. Add the water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat until the farro is barely tender, about 10 minutes; season with salt. Cover and simmer until the farro is al dente, about 10 minutes longer. Drain the farro and discard the onion, carrot and celery. Let cool completely.

In a large bowl, whisk the remaining 1/3 cup of olive oil with the vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Fold in the farro, red onion, cucumber, tomatoes and basil, season with salt and pepper and serve.

Food & Wine

Farro Salad with Asparagus

Main Course Side Dish Asparagus Farro Salad Untested


  • 6 oz. asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch lengths
  • 6 oz. sugar snap peas, strings removed, cut into 1-inch lengths
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. minced shallot
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 c. farro, cooked to package directions, cooled
  • 6 oz. cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 tbsp. chopped fresh dill
  • 2 oz. feta cheese, crumbled (½ cup)


1. Bring 2 quarts water to boil in large saucepan. Add asparagus, snap peas, and 1 tablespoon salt. Cook until vegetables are crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer vegetables to rimmed baking sheet and let cool for 15 minutes.

2. Whisk oil, lemon juice, shallot, mustard, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper together in large bowl. Add cooled vegetables, farro, tomatoes, dill, and 1/4 cup feta to dressing and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste and transfer to serving bowl. Sprinkle salad with remaining 1/4 cup feta and serve.

Farro with Creamy Root Vegetables

Main Course Side Dish Carrot Farro Turnip Untested Vegetarian


  • 2 1/2 c. water
  • 2 1/2 c. chicken stock
  • 2 c. farro
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 medium shallots
  • 1 1/2 lb. turnips (3-4), peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 lb. carrots, chopped (4 medium)
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 c. white wine
  • 1/2-1 c. chicken stock
  • 1 c. parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3 tbsp. chopped parsley
  • salt
  • pepper


Cook the farro according to package directions, cooking 1 minute short of the time used on the package, using half water and half chicken stock (5 cups liquid to 2 cups farro). Drain. The grain should have a slightly chewy texture. In a large frying pan, heat 3 tbsp. olive oil. Add shallots and cook until caramelized and still slightly firm, about 6-8 minutes. Add turnips, carrots, and garlic and cook for about 1 minute, just until fragrant. Stir in the farro and the white wine, scraping up the browned bits. Add enough stock to barely cover the veggies and farro and cook over medium until reduced by half and the turnips are tender. Remove from heat and stir in cheese, parsley, salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.

Penzey’s Spices

Lemon-Dressed Farro, Tuna and Chickpea Salad

Main Course Farro Tuna Untested


  • Grated zest of 1 large lemon
  • 5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 2 large lemons)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup pearled or semi-pearled farro, cooked according to the package directions, then cooled (about 3 cups cooked)
  • 1 3/4 cups cooked or canned no-salt-added chickpeas (if using canned, drain and rinse)
  • 6 1/2 to 7 ounces canned, oil-packed light tuna, flaked (may substitute water-packed light tuna)
  • 4 ounces sweet onion, such as Maui, Vidalia or Walla Walla, cut into 1/4-inch dice (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup chopped, loosely packed parsley


Whisk together the lemon zest and juice and the oil in a small bowl to form an emulsified dressing. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Combine the cooled farro, chickpeas, tuna, onion, parsley and the lemon dressing in a large bowl. Toss to incorporate. Taste, and adjust the seasoning as needed. For the best flavor, refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Serves 6-8.

Stephanie Witt Sedgwick, Washington Post, April 3, 2013

Cheesy Baked Farro

Side Dish Cheese Farro



  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups warm whole milk
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • 2 1/2 cups grated Parmesan
  • 1 cup grated Gruyere
  • 1/2 cup fontina cheese, grated
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups faro or barley, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup plain dried bread crumbs
  • Olive oil, for drizzling

[N.B.: The recipe size here is for a 13x9" dish, which is a lot given how heavy it is. You should strongly consider halving it.]


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 13 by 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

For the sauce: In a 2-quart saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk until smooth. Gradually add the warm milk, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the sauce is thick and smooth, about 8 minutes (do not allow the mixture to boil). Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

For the farro: In a large bowl, add the cheeses and stir to combine. Remove 1/2 cup of the mixture and reserve. In a large stock pot, add the chicken broth and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the farro, reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the faro is tender, about 25 minutes. Drain, if necessary. Add the farro, thyme, and sauce to the bowl with the cheese. Stir until combined and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and top with the reserved 1/2 cup of cheese. Sprinkle the top with bread crumbs and drizzle with olive oil.

Bake until the top is golden brown and forms a crust, about 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Giada de Laurentiis, FoodNetwork.com

Farro Risotto

Side Dish Farro Vegetarian


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups farro
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup parmesan
  • 2 tsp butter
  • salt & pepper


1. Saute onion til soft. Add farro, saute 1 minute to coat with oil. Add wine and cook until it is absorbed.

2. Stirring often, add water 1 cup at a time as each addition is completely absorbed, about 30 minutes. (Farro should be softly al dente.)

3. Stir in cream, cheese and butter and cook until thick, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Farro Salad with Green Apple, Toasted Spices & Pine Nuts

Side Dish Apple Farro Vegan Vegetarian


  • 6 cups water
  • 1 1/3 cups farro
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • 1 ½ teaspoons coriander seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar, such as aged sherry or white wine
  • ½ cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple, cored and diced
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Bring water to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan. Add farro, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook 20 minutes, add ½ teaspoon salt and cook an additional 15 to 20 minutes. Farro should be tender. Drain well through a colander, then spread onto a large plate lined with several layers of paper towels. Set aside about 10 minutes.

Spread pine nuts in a large skillet and place over medium heat. Set timer for 5 minutes and toast, shaking pan occasionally, until nuts are lightly browned. Transfer to a cutting surface and chop coarsely. Place pan back on heat. Add coriander and fennel seeds and toast until grant. Transfer to a mortar and crush lightly with a pestle. Or spread on a cutting board and crush with the side of a chef’s knife.

Pour 1 tablespoon olive oil into the skillet and heat over medium heat. Add onions and cook about 5 minutes or until translucent. Add ¼ teaspoon salt, increase heat slightly and cook uncovered until golden brown, about 5 minutes longer. Stir in vinegar and cook until reduced by half. Add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and the reserved spices. Remove from heat.

Place farro in a bowl. Add nuts, onion mixture, parsley, apple and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Toss to coat, seasoning with a little more lemon juice and fresh ground black pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Seattle Times

Tuna with Farro

Main Course Farro Fish Italian


  • 1 pound farro
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt
  • olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 lg. can crushed tomatoes
  • capers
  • red pepper flakes
  • 1 large can tuna or cooked tuna
  • 1 c. fresh basil fresh parsley


Cook farro with bay leaves, salt and olive oil according to package directions.

Sauté garlic in olive oil.

Add tomatoes, lots of capers, red pepper flakes and salt to taste.

Stir in canned or baked tuna, flaked, and lots of fresh basil.

Stir in farro and simmer a few minutes.

Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Lidia Bastianich