This hearty risotto uses farro in place of traditional rice and is loaded with flavor from savory wild mushrooms and roasted asparagus. Yum!
Even though I love risotto, I don't cook it very often. It's not that I find it complicated or that it doesn't turn out well when I make it, it's just that I'm lazy and easily distracted.
Standing over a Dutch oven full of rice and broth for 40 minutes seems like some kind of cruel punishment from a fairy tale. Like, I'm sure Cinderella's evil step-sisters made her prepare them risotto for dinner every night.
About this Farro Risotto!
Despite my aversion to making risotto, when I saw a recipe for farro risotto in Cooking Light, my interest was piqued. I'm on a bit of grain kick and farro is one of the few that I haven't experimented with too much yet.
I also (mistakenly!) thought that maybe I could spend a little bit less time babysitting farro risotto. But you know what? It was totally worth the time and effort. Farro risotto is good. Dare I say better than risotto risotto? Yes, I dare!
(Although if you want to try a traditional risotto - this mushroom risotto is pretty fantastic.)
Farro is chewy and nutty and much more filling then Arborio rice, yet it still has that risotto creaminess that I love. I tweaked the original recipe (which doesn't seem to exist on the internet any longer) by adding roasted asparagus, more onion, and plenty of wild mushrooms.
I also used a no-beef broth since we had that on hand, but I have also made with my own homemade mushroom stock, and it's equally delicious both ways.
If you have this for a meal, be prepared to be full afterwards. Pleasantly full, but full nonetheless.
More Vegetarian Recipes
If you love this farro risotto, be sure to check out these other delicious ideas:
- 1 oz dried shiitake mushrooms
- 1 lb asparagus tough ends removed, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil + 2 tsp additional
- 5 ½ cup no-beef broth or mushroom stock
- 1 ½ cup farro
- 1 small onion chopped
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 4 oz wild mushroom blend sliced
- ½ cup dry white wine
- 1 tsp fresh thyme chopped
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese grated
- ¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Place dried shiitake mushrooms in a medium bowl and cover with boiling water. Let stand 30 minutes or until tender. Drain and coarsely chop.
- Toss asparagus and 2 tsp. of olive oil on a baking sheet. Roast for 10 minutes or until tender, stirring halfway through.
- Bring broth to a simmer in a small saucepan. Keep stock warm over low heat.
- Heat remaining olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add farro and onion; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more, stirring constantly. Add shiitake mushrooms and wild mushrooms. Cook for 5 minutes or until wild mushrooms are tender, stirring occasionally. Add wine and thyme; cook until liquid almost evaporates.
- Add ½ cup of broth to farro mixture; cook over medium heat 4 minutes or until the liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring occasionally. Add remaining 5 cups of broth ½ cup at a time, stirring occasionally until stock is absorbed before adding the next. (This takes about 40 minutes. Yes really.)
- When adding the last ½ cup of broth, stir in cheese as well. When broth is absorbed completely, stir in parsley, roasted asparagus, salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
Texas Type A Mom says
This sounds so good! You're going to bankrupt me with your fancy ingredients though!
in metal jewelry says
omg this looks SO good right now!
Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook says
Looks delicious! Farro and mushrooms are such a nice combination!
Yum! I'd love to try this one with shitake mushrooms, only because I'm obsessed with them.
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Adrienne @ How to Ice a Cake says
Goodness I'm obsessed with farro. This looks like the perfect way to enjoy asparagus the next time I pick some up from the store
Farro is so good as risotto! Actually, I haven't had it any other way--I should really try doing something else with it. 🙂
Rachel @ Bakerita says
Farro is absolutely amazing! My family has been on a farro kick, and we've always been risotto lovers, but I've never thought of farro risotto. Can't wait to make this for my family! So glad I discovered your site, I absolutely love it!
We love farro too--just need to find some more ways to use it! But it's so hearty and filling, much more than rice.