healthy grain farro side dish

ok…this dish totally shocked me with how easy & fast it is!
and it’s REALLY good😋

✨for gluten-free, you can absolutely swap the farro out for sorghum, sprouted brown rice, oat groats, quinoa, etc.

Author: Meghan Jones

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 30-35min
Total Time: 40 min


~ 2 cups water
~ 1 cup semi-pearled farro (or a gluten-free swap!)
~ 1/2 large onion
~ 2 cloves garlic
~ 1 small container grape or cherry tomatoes
~ 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher or coarse sea salt
~ 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (to taste)
~ 2 tsps olive oil
~ a few fresh basil leaves, cut into thin ribbons


~ place water and farro in a medium saucepan to presoak (5 to 10 min is sufficient)
while you prepare the other ingredients
~ adding each ingredient to the pot as you finish preparing it…
~ cut onion in half again, and very thinly slice it into quarter-moons
~ thinly slice garlic cloves
~ halve or quarter tomatoes
~ add salt, pepper flakes (to taste)
~ and 2 tsps olive oil to pan
~ set a timer for 30 min
~ bring uncovered pan (no lid necessary) up to a boil, then reduce to a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally
~ when the timer rings, the farro should be perfectly cooked (tender but with a meaty chew), seasoned and the cooking water should be almost completely absorbed

~ if needed, cook it for 5 additional minutes, until farro is more tender
~ transfer to a wide serving bowl. if there’s enough leftover cooking liquid to be annoying, use a slotted spoon!
~ scatter with basil 🌱


(recipe from smitten kitchen)

🍅if you love simple, light, tomato-y side dishes, I think you’ll love this one too! 

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