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Tomato Basil Farro Recipe

  • Author: Diana of
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x


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.

*Vegan, Vegetarian*


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 23 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


  1. Heat oil in a medium-large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 60 seconds.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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