Everyone’s obsessed these days with ancient grains like quinoa that have survived the ages largely unchanged by cross-breeding or modification. Could farro be the next quinoa? While farro is a type of wheat and *does* contain gluten, it has almost double the protein per serving as quinoa but it’s just as versatile. You can add farro to warm salads, soups and breakfast bowls and you can even make burgers or creamy risotto with it. Here are 18 farro recipes so tasty, they’re like a gateway food that will get you to explore ALL the ancient grains.


1. Farro Risotto With Sundried Tomatoes, Mushrooms and Cashew Cream: Farro is a perfect grain to “risotto up,” thanks to its nutty flavor and chewy texture. The addition of cashew cream makes this dish comfy-cosy. (via Pumpkin and Peanut Butter)


2. Farro Risotto With Butternut Squash, Greens and Truffle Oil: Farro adds a wonderful heft to this risotto and cooks up incredibly creamy. The truffle oil, which always adds such an elegant twist, elevates this dish to special occasion meal status. (via Yes to Yolks)


3. One-Pot Farro With Tomatoes: This recipe cooks up in one pot with few ingredients but BIG BIG flavor. It keeps well in the fridge, so you can take those leftovers to lunch and it will taste just as good the next day. (via The Pastiche)


4. Farro Breakfast Risotto With Poached Egg: Turn leftover farro risotto into a cake or burger by baking it just 10 minutes in the oven and it comes out deliciously crispy. It turns this runny poached egg breakfast into something extra special. (via Savor the Best)


5. Grilled Peach Salad With Maple Bourbon Dressing: Peaches and bourbon are a timeless, classic combo, and they’ve never tasted so good as in this salad. The farro adds a chewy earthy goodness that turns this salad into a meal. (via Taste With the Eyes)


6. Farro and Bean Soup, Tuscan Style: Farro is a staple of Italian peasant food because it’s substantial, filling and very economical. But even in a humble bean soup like this, the taste is surreal — one bite will transport you to the romantic rolling hills, grape vines and grain fields of the Tuscan countryside. (via Sugar Loves Spices)


7. Deep-Dish Cabbage and Farro Casserole: Farro has an almost cinnamon-like undertone that stands up to the sweet + sour flavor profile of this dish. This one’s ideal for a casual, cozy supper, where everyone can relax with a few cold beers or fizzy apple cider and a loaf of dark bread. (via The Kitchn)


8. Roasted Carrots With Farro, Chickpeas and Herbed Crème Fraîche: Don’t be intimidated by the gourmet look of this stunning roasted carrot platter, because it’s amazingly easy to pull together. Serve it as a filling vegetarian meal or as a gorgeous side dish at a special-occasion dinner. (via Cookie and Kate)


9. Creamy Farro With White Beans and Kale: Sauté some farro with white beans, a few cheeses, mushrooms, garlic, shallots and kale and voila! — you’ve got a delicious and nutritious one-pot meal. Add some pulled chicken for the carnivores at the table and you’ll be everyone’s BFF. (via Gimme Some Oven)


10. Brown Sugar Cinnamon Breakfast Farro: Farro in your breakfast bowl? Heck yeah! The nutty, chewy grain is similar in consistency to oatmeal, and makes just as good a stick-to-your-ribs comfort food. Pull out whatever toppings you have on hand in the pantry and go at it. (via Foodness Gracious)


11. Farro Fried Rice With Brussels Sprouts: Here’s another awesome “use what you have in your fridge” sort of recipe. Anytime you have leftover farro, cook up this fried rice and plate it up with a fried egg on top. Everyone at the brunch table will be so impressed. (via Love and Lemons)


12. Tuscan White Bean Farro Risotto: If anything can trump pasta as THE comfort food of choice, it’s a hearty bowl of risotto, amiright? Better pull on your fave sweat pants, because this one’s so delicious you will definitely want seconds. (via Running to the Kitchen)


13. Healing Turmeric Lentil and Farro Soup: Creamy turmeric is SOOOO healthy and so on trend right now — it’s like the new green juice. Make a big batch of this, freeze it, then dole it out as needed. (via Life Is But a Dish)


14. Wild Mushroom and Farro Soup: This soup is hearty and filling, even with no meat, thanks to *meaty* mushrooms. Pro Tip: It tastes even better the next day, as the flavors settle. Just reheat it and add a dollop of crème fraîche and a swirl of Marsala wine. (via The Kitchn)


15. Autumn Harvest Salad With Pomegranates: When the cold weather has you craving comfort food, don’t forget about warm salads. This one is full of seasonal flavors, thanks to a genius homemade maple syrup and apple cider vinegar dressing that’s destined to become your on-call favorite. (via Fox and Briar)


16. Creamy Chicken and Farro Soup: This soup is a creative take on everyone’s fave childhood creamy chicken and rice soup. The heartier texture and nuttier flavor of farro make it so cosy and filling — it’s perfect after an afternoon spent sledding or trudging through the snow. (via Spoon, Fork, Bacon)


17. Warm Farro Breakfast Bowl With Cinnamon Apples: This warm farro breakfast bowl with cinnamon and apples is a perfect cold weather breakfast. Cook up a big batch on Sunday night, and you’ll have a quick, healthy and hearty breakfast you can dole out all week long. (via Foolproof Living)


18. Roasted Cauliflower and Farro Salad With Feta and Avocado: The combination of warm, garlicky farro with caramelized, roasted cauliflower and salty feta and olives in this salad will make your tastebuds SING. It travels well if you’re looking for the perfect mason jar salad to take to work. (via Cookie and Kate)

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