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Summer “Farroto”
with lemon broccolini

Active: 30 minTotal: 30 min

We call this hearty stovetop dish “farroto” because the preparation and ingredients are similar to traditional risotto, though made with whole grain farro instead of traditional rice. Plus, there are no long cook times in this weeknight-friendly variation. Thanks to farro that was pre-cooked earlier in the week, this dish cooks in a matter of minutes.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Summer “Farroto”:
  • Cheese, parmesan - 2 oz, grated
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Zucchini - 1 lb, diced
  • Basil - 8 leaves, chiffonade
  • Corn kernels, fresh or frozen - 1 1/2 cups
  • Pine nuts - 1 oz (sub chopped pecans)
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • White wine - 1/4 cup (sub stock)
  • Stock, any type - 1/4 cup
  • Farro, cooked (leftover from Monday) - ~2 cups
  • Pesto - 1/4 cup
  • Butter - 1 Tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Lemon Broccolini:
  • Broccolini - 12 oz, trimmed
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Cheese / Garlic / Zucchini / Corn (if using fresh cobs) / Broccolini - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
  2. Basil / Corn (if using frozen) - Chiffonade basil. Defrost frozen corn in the microwave.

Make

  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add pine nuts and toast until golden brown (watch them closely so they don’t burn), ~2 minutes. Set nuts aside and return pan to heat.
  2. Add oil and then zucchini with a pinch of salt. Saute until zucchini is tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute more.
  3. Pour wine and stock over zucchini and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 1 minute and then add farro and corn. Saute until farro and corn are heated through.
  4. Remove pan from heat and stir in pesto, butter and lemon juice (portion for the farroto) until butter melts. Season with some salt and pepper.
  5. Place broccolini in a microwave-safe bowl and cover with a damp paper towel. Microwave until broccolini is tender, 3 to 4 minutes. (If you prefer, you can saute broccolini in a skillet with some oil until tender, 5 to 7 minutes.) Squeeze lemon juice (portion for the broccolini) over top and season with some salt and pepper.
  6. Just before serving, top farroto with cheese, basil and pine nuts. Enjoy with broccolini on the side.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (81)
Gluten-free (3)
Paleo (10)
Vegetarian (9)

This meal has 31 reviews

Surprised by how much we enjoyed this! Let the farroto heat for longer at the end to get rid of the moisture (it was very watery). I was worried about the broccolini cooking through on the pan so I threw in a tiny bit of water and covered it to steam it through. Turned out perfect!

By: Lynn
Posted: Jan 05, 2020
Diet: Original

Loved it. Super easy to throw together. Would add maybe a little bit more salt or lemon juice. I used canned pesto so not sure how it would taste with fresh/homemade (but can only imagine it gets better)

By: Meaghan
Posted: Mar 11, 2018
Diet: Vegetarian

This was really good, but I think we'd leave out the pesto next time or replace it with something else. I'm not sure if it was just the brand we used, but it was too over-powering.

By: Jenna
Posted: Jul 31, 2017
Diet: Original

Leave Pesto is optional added at the table.

By: Carolyn
Posted: Jul 30, 2017
Diet: Paleo

Pleasantly surprised. It was delicious. Would be good as a side.

By: Megan
Posted: Jul 27, 2017
Diet: Original

So simple. Making it a favorite for busy nights.

By: Laura
Posted: Jul 26, 2017
Diet: Paleo