Warm Farro Pilaf with Dried Cranberries

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An Italian wheat grain, farro is chewy and tender like barley but with a milder flavor. Pearled or cracked farro cooks much faster than whole regular farro, and it doesn't require soaking before it's made. The farro in this recipe can be made a few days ahead or even frozen.

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Ingredients

  • FARRO
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 medium carrot, cut in half
  • 1 celery rib, cut in half
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 1/4 cups pearled farro
  • 4 cups no-chicken broth
  • PILAF
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced (2/3 cup)
  • 1/2 lb. kale, center stem removed, chopped (4 packed cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
  • 1/2 tsp. Aleppo pepper or 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts

Preparation

1. To make Farro: Heat oil in saucepan over medium-high heat. Add carrot, celery, and onion. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until vegetables start to brown. Add farro, and stir to coat grains with oil. Pour in broth, and bring mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, and cover. Cook 20 minutes, or until just tender; drain. Discard carrot, celery, and onion. Cool Farro.

2. To make Pilaf: Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté diced onion 5 to 7 minutes. Add kale, and cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until just wilted. Reduce heat to medium, and stir in garlic and Aleppo pepper. Cook 1 minute, then add Farro, and sauté 3 to 5 minutes, or until warmed through. Remove from heat, and stir in dried cranberries and pine nuts. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve warm.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: Serves 6
  • Calories: 329
  • Carbohydrate Content: 49 g
  • Fat Content: 13 g
  • Fiber Content: 6 g
  • Protein Content: 10 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
  • Sodium Content: 370 mg
  • Sugar Content: 10 g