Thursday, January 12, 2012

Butternut Farrotto

Farro has quickly become my favorite whole grain.  No doubt it was only a matter of time before I threw it into a risotto.  Paired with butternut squash and sage (a few more of my favorite things), this dish should be on your menu next week!



Butternut Farrotto
Recipe by Shannon
Serves 2-4

2c 1/2" peeled butternut squash cubes
2-3T extra virgin olive oil, divided
1/2c chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced/pressed
2T chopped sage, divided
3/4c farro
1 1/4c broth (or more water)
1 1/2c water
1-2oz gruyere, finely grated

Preheat oven to 400deg.

Toss butternut squash cubes with 1-2T olive oil, some coarse sea salt and a few grinds of black pepper.  Spread out on a baking sheet and roast in preheated oven until tender, ~20-30min, stirring after 15min.

While squash is roasting, begin cooking the farro.  Heat 1T olive oil in a medium pot over medium heat.  Add onion and cook until softened but not brown, 5-8min.  Add garlic and 1T sage and cook until fragrant, 1-2min.  Add farro, stir to coat and toast the grains for a few minutes.

Add broth and water, stir and bring to a simmer.  Reduce heat to low and continue to simmer, stirring often, until the farro is tender, 20-25min.  Once the farro is tender, stir in roasted squash, remaining sage and grated gruyere.  Taste and adjust seasonings, then serve topped with crispy sage if desired.



Are you on the farro bandwagon yet?  :)

23 comments:

Erica said...

Yummmm! Good reminder that I need to buy and use more sage!

Molly said...

Looks good to me. I decided to incorporate farro into my diet, but was surprised at how expensive the grain can be. Have you found a reasonable price on it in town?

Shannon said...

@Molly- Yes, it can be expensive, but I have managed to find it to be cheaper from bulk bins. Can't recall if I've checked at WF yet, but when I made the trip to Wegmans I found it out there :)

Natalie said...

i've never eaten farro or cooked with it---but i think i need to change that! i'll look for it next time i'm at whole foods!

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

I wanna try farrotto! I've actually only had farro a few of times but liked it. Haven't made it myself at home yet, but I'll remember this post when I attempt it!

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...

I am yet to try it! Actually, I dont think Ive even seen it around yet?

Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living said...

YES!! I've been meaning to make a farro risotto for a while now, and I can't think of a better add-in than butternut squash. This WILL be made, and soon =).

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I love the word farrotto. :-) This looks great!

vanillasugarblog said...

you make healthy food look fab and delish Shan.
I think I've baked with farro once? How sad is that?

glidingcalm said...

beautiful! that looks sooo good!

Joanne said...

I've actually never had farro because I usually stick with its less expensive cousins, wheatberries. I should check and see if whole Foods carries it!

Love that this is GOOD FOR YOU risotto. That's what I like!

Megan said...

Farro is something I still need to try, but I am definitely all about butternut squash and sage.

Cara said...

So I'm probably like the only person who hasn't tried farro? I should get on that :)

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

Wow and YUM!! I love all the cool grains that you can make "risotto" with and farro sounds like a perfect match. Giada de Laurentis has made me really want to get on the farro bandwagon - I am SO trying this soon!

We Are Not Martha said...

Oh yum! I made a farro risotto last year and absolutely LOVED it! I actually think I said I'd never make another arborio risotto again... But then I totally forgot. Now I'm definitely motivated to try it with farro again. And I love butternut squash in anything!! :)

Sues

Ranjani said...

Farro is one of my favorite grains. Although the one I get most often is pearled, so I guess its not whole. I haven't tried using it for risotto yet - your looks delicious!

Amy said...

I've never tried farro! I'm going to have to change that. I have lots of winter squash around that need using, too.

Melissa @TryingtoHeal said...

OMG I lovvvvve Farro! I seriously is better than brown rice, which I love!!!

Aimee said...

This looks and sounds so good! I love Farro! I used to be able to buy a huge bag of it at Costco, but they stopped selling it..:(

Simply Life said...

I can never find this grain! I'll have to look at WF- this looks delicious!

Chef Fresco said...

Yum! We haven't tried farro yet, but this dish looks delicious!

Elizabeth said...

I'm actually not huge into regular risotto, but FARRO, omg I love it to death.

Kerstin said...

Farrotto, so cute, I love it! I'd never made farro before actually, so I must add it to my list.

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