This One-Pot Sun Dried Tomato Farro is loaded with sweet cherry tomatoes, nutty whole grains and fresh basil. So cozy, easy to make and bursting with flavor!
Ingredients You’ll Need
Farro is one of my favorite grains. It’s nutty, chewy and just so satisfying to eat. In the summer, I use it for chilled grain salads, but in the winter, this warm and comforting one-pot method is the way to go. This One-Pot Sun Dried Tomato Farro reminds a bit of risotto, but without all the stirring! It’s the perfect side dish, but also hearty enough to stand alone as a main meal.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Semi-pearled farro
- Onion & garlic
- Chicken broth or vegetable broth (or water)
- Cherry tomatoes
- Sun dried tomatoes + oil from jar
- Salt and pepper
How to Make This Sun Dried Tomato Farro Recipe
This recipe begins with sautéing an onion and a few cloves of garlic in the infused oil from a jar of sun dried tomatoes. Once the aromatics have absorbed all that savory goodness, add in the farro to toast for a few minutes. This allows the grains to develop a delicious nutty flavor.
Pour in your liquid of choice, I use low sodium chicken bone broth but vegetable stock and water also work. Throw in a lemon peel, some cherry tomatoes and season with salt. Bring everything up to a boil, cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and cook for about 45 minutes.
Once the farro is tender and all the liquid is absorbed, top with fresh basil and enjoy!
A Note on Farro
There are three types of farro: whole farro, semi-pearled farro and quick-cooking farro. For this recipe, we’re using semi-pearled farro because it cooks much faster than whole, but still holds on to that chewy texture which the quick-cooking variety tends to lack.
You can easily tell which kind of farro is which by looking at the cooking instructions on the back of the package. If it’s in the 30-40 minute range, you’ve got semi-pearled farro. This recipe can be made with other varieties if that’s all you can find, but the cook-time and texture may vary.
What to Serve with Sun Dried Tomato Farro
While this Sun Dried Tomato Farro could easily stand alone as a lighter main meal, here are my favorite accompaniments:
- Baked or grilled chicken (I like to make a simple marinade with olive oil, lemon juice and Italian seasoning)
- Salmon or white fish
- Chickpeas or white beans (drain and rinse the beans and add them to the pot with the tomatoes for some plantbased protein)
- A simple side salad
Best food !!!