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Baked Farrotto
with chard / fried egg

Active: 25 min Total: 1 hr
"Farrotto" is a quirky word used to describe risotto made with farro. As with most risotto recipes in our meal plans, we bake this version to eliminate the need to hover over the stove while it cooks. The cook time for farrotto is longer than a rice-based risotto, but the dish is totally hands-off once it's in the oven.
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Baked Farrotto:
  • Pecan halves or pieces - 1/2 cup , chopped if not pre-chopped (sub walnuts or pine nuts)
  • Onions, medium - 1/2 , diced
  • Garlic - 4 cloves , chopped
  • Zucchini - 12 oz , chopped
  • Chard, any type - 6 leaves , stems discarded and leaves chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Farro, semi-pearled / husked and uncooked - 1 1/2 cups
  • White wine - 1/2 cup (sub stock)
  • Stock, any type - 2 1/2 cups
  • Eggs - 4
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp
  • Cheese, parmesan - 1 oz , grated


  1. Pecans / Onions / Garlic / Zucchini / Chard - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating before continuing with prep.) Prep as directed. Store pecans, onions, and garlic in their own containers. Combine zucchini and chard in one container. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

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  1. Heat oven to 400F / 204C.
  2. Heat an oven-safe Dutch oven or large skillet with a lid over medium heat. Add pecans and toast, stirring constantly, 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside. Return pan to heat.
  3. To heated pan add first part of oil and then onions. Saute until onions are soft, 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Stir in garlic, zucchini, and chard. Saute until greens are wilted, ~5 minutes more.
  5. Stir in farro and wine and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 1 minute.
  6. Pour in stock and bring the mixture back up to a simmer (increase heat if needed).
  7. Give the farro a good stir. Cover and transfer to heated oven.
  8. Bake, covered, until farro is tender, 35 to 40 minutes.
  9. When farrotto is nearly finished cooking, heat a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Add second part of oil and crack eggs into heated oil. Cook eggs to your liking - on one side for sunny-side up or flip for over-easy.
  10. Stir butter into farrotto. Taste and season with some salt and pepper.
  11. Divide farrotto between serving plates. Top each portion with an egg, parmesan cheese, and pecans. Enjoy!



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