I came up with this recipe for my dad during Father’s Day weekend since he’s a big fan of whole grains but somehow hadn’t tried farro yet. I wanted to do something simple without requiring a lot of extra ingredients, and this worked perfectly. I use both dry and fresh basil to get a good mix of basil flavors. Though this isn’t the fastest side dish, I like to think it makes up for that by being extra easy and by using few ingredients.
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2–3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 cups farro, rinsed
- 4 cups broth/stock of choice
- 1 can diced tomatoes with juice
- 1/2 t dried basil
- 1/4 t salt, plus additional to taste
- Pepper, to taste
- Fresh basil, sliced thin, about 1/4 cup
- Heat oil in a medium-large pot over medium heat.
- Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 60 seconds.
- Add farro, broth/stock, tomatoes, basil, and salt. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook until farro is tender to liking, about 30-40 minutes. If needed, season with salt and pepper to your taste preference.
- Serve topped with the fresh basil or place the basil in a small bowl next to the farro. Enjoy!
Serves 4-6 as a side dish.
Tip: Try pre-cooked farro for a shorter cook time. Trader Joe’s has a nice 10 minute farro that I love to use.