Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tasty Tuesdays: Farro with Butternut Squash & Gruyere

Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays!

Have you ever cooked with farro before?  I hadn't, and I was really intrigued with this recipe from the January 2012 issue of Cooking Light.  { click here for the original recipe }

This recipe is like a risotto, except you use farro in place of the traditional arborio rice.

- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced leek (about 1 large)
- 1 cup uncooked farro
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 4 cups water, divided
- 4 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup packed)
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add leek; sauté 5 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently.

2.  Add farro and garlic; cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

3.  Stir in wine; cook 1 minute or until wine evaporates. Add 1 cup water; cook 8 minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring frequently.

4.  Add 2 more cups water, 1 cup at a time, stirring until each portion is absorbed before adding the next (about 30 minutes total). Stir in remaining 1 cup water, squash, sage, salt, and pepper. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until squash is just tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in cheese; sprinkle with nuts.

Serve immediately.

I really enjoyed this meal - it was really hearty and made the perfect winter dinner.

What did you cook this week?

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  1. This looks great -I don't think I've cooked with Farro before but I know I love the rest of the ingredients. I may need to try this.

  2. All of a sudden, I've been hearing about farro but I haven't found it yet at the store. I had a great farro salad at Uno's (tried my daughter's). This recipe looks really good. I might be able to vegan-ize it for her.

  3. Mmmm...I love farro. It's my second favorite grain :). I have both that and butternut squash...and walnuts...at home, so I think I need to head to the market to get the rest of the ingredients. This sounds delicious!

  4. Good Morning,
    Your Farro and Butternut looks delicious, I just love the color of the dish. I am sharing my Herb Crusted Ribs with Orange Sauce today. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week!
    Miz Helen

  5. That looks delicious! I've never heard of farro before. Is it a gf grain? Or would I need to substitute quinoa for it? Love the bright color of the butternut squash in your dish. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Hi,
    I shared my video for making sauerkraut. Lastly, as article about the benefits of sourdough leavening.

    Join me in my Probiotic Foods Challenge starting January 9 at Real Food Forager!

    And link up your cultured and fermented foods here!
    Thanks for hosting!

  7. I've never had farro before. How does it compare to, say, rice, in terms of texture and bite? I'm really intrigued by this!

  8. This looks delicious.
    I've been trying to cook with other grains than rice, and I've never even heard of Farro before. I will be adding that to my grocery list. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I've never had farro and that's a true shame ~ I love the combination of flavors in this dish, a must-try for me for sure. (And thank you for hosting Tasty Tuesday, this is my first time linking up! :)

  10. Hey Alissa!
    I posted my recipe twice because the first time the linky tool didn't add the picture. I don't know what happened, but it worked the second time.

    P.S. Your recipe looks awesome!


  11. I love, love, love farro ... can't wait to give this recipe a try! Looks delicious!

  12. Just linked up my crepe recipe. Can't wait to try your yummo sounding recipe.

  13. I have never heard of farro so thanks for sharing a recipe!

    Thanks also for having me!

    Best wishes,

  14. Thanks for hosting! This is my first time joining up with the linking party and I will definitely be back next week. Thanks again!

  15. this looks SO amazing yum. I hope you'll add it to my What We Wore and Made Party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com/search/label/WWWMW

  16. I never even heard of farro before! Sounds healthy and looks delish! Thanks for hosting!

  17. What a fantastic recipe! I love cooking with butternut squash and Gruyere cheese is my absolute favorite. :)

    I can't wait to try this recipe out soon!

    Happy Wednesday,


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