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Balsamic Farro Saute with Sweet Potatoes
and mushrooms / fried egg

Active: 30 minTotal: 50 min

We featured a version of this rustic, vegetarian saute way back in 2013, but we've brought it back with the addition of kidney beans for added protein. It's a great cold weather meal that is both hearty and packed with nutritious ingredients.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Balsamic Farro Saute:
  • Shallots - 2 cloves, diced
  • Sweet potatoes - 1 lb, cubed
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 2 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 2 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Mushrooms, any type - 8 oz, sliced (look for pre-sliced)
  • Sage - 4 leaves, diced
  • Lemons - 1, wedges
  • Beans, kidney (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Pancetta - 5 oz, diced (look for pre-diced)
  • Baby spinach - 4 oz
  • Eggs - 4
Farro:
  • Farro, uncooked - 1 cup

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Prep

  1. Cook farro - (Double if making Wednesday’s meal.) Bring a saucepan of water to boil. Give it a generous sprinkle of salt and add farro. If you bought semi-pearled or husked farro, it should take about 25 minutes to cook until al dente, tender but not soggy. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Shallots / Sweet Potatoes - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Make balsamic sauce - Combine soy sauce, vinegar, and mustard. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Pre-cook sweet potatoes - Place sweet potatoes in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with a damp paper towel. Microwave on high until sweet potatoes are tender, 4 to 7 minutes (depending on the size of the cubes). (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  5. Mushrooms (if not pre-sliced) - Slice mushrooms. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  6. Sage / Lemons - Prep as directed.
  7. Beans - Drain and rinse.

Make

  1. Place a large saute pan or wok with first part of oil over medium heat. Add mushrooms and pancetta. Saute until mushrooms are nearly tender, 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. Add shallots, sage, and some salt and saute for 1 minute.
  3. Stir in farro (reserve half if doubled), spinach, and balsamic sauce until everything is combined. Continue cooking until spinach is completely wilted, 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. While spinach is cooking, place a large nonstick pan (for eggs) over low-medium heat.
  5. Return to farro and stir in beans and sweet potatoes until everything is combined. Taste and season with some salt and pepper. Set aside, covered to keep warm.
  6. To the heated nonstick pan, add second part of oil. Crack eggs into heated oil and cook to your liking - on one side for sunny-side up or flip them for over-easy.
  7. Divide farro between serving plates. Top each portion with an egg and serve with lemon slices on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (32)
Gluten-free (2)
Paleo (9)
Vegetarian (25)

51 reviews

We loved this! I did crumbled sausage instead of precooked. I cubed the sweet potatoes very tiny and it came together very fast!

By: Stephanie
Posted: Mar 31, 2020
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Love this - doubled the sauce as many suggested. We also added soyrizo to my fiance's since he can't do egg.

By: Lisa
Posted: Mar 20, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Bleh, I don’t know how so many people like this. Flavors are lacking and the little flavor that is there isn’t great.

By: Lynn
Posted: Mar 09, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was so good. It had a great comfort food quality. Will definitely make again.

By: Melissa
Posted: Mar 09, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was delicious. My husband liked it with the sunny-side-up egg. I preferred scrambled.

By: Nancy
Posted: Mar 07, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

We increased the portions to 6 people (for the two of us) and ended up with enough leftovers to freeze one and take the other for lunch. The flavor was good, but a bit bland. I wish the sauce had more "zing" to it. We actually doubled the sauce and it still didn't add the extra flavor we were looking for. The spinach was easily masked by the other flavors!

By: Lindsey
Posted: Mar 03, 2020
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful