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How to Cook Farro

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time:  5 min
  • Cook Time:  20 min
  • Calories: 170
homemade farro in a serving bowl with a spoon
Photography by Gayle McLeod

Our signature quick and simple way for how to cook farro! Plus, we dish on all your unanswered questions like is farro good for you, what farro tastes like, and how to use it!

A Really Good Recipe for Farro

And we mean reeealllly good. This recipe for cooking farro goes from cabinet to table in just about 30 minutes, resulting in fluffy, individual flavorful grains again and again! We love this versatile, healthy carb because it’s budget-friendly, nutrient-dense, and can be incorporated into any meal for an extra bite and heartiness. It’s the perfect swap for rice, barley, or quinoa and it’s arguably lighter so you can eat a good amount without feeling too full.

dry farro in a pile on the counter ready to be cooked

What is Farro?

Farro is a chewy, quick cooking, whole grain, and rich in flavor! It’s made of three different grains: farro piccolo (einkorn), farro medio (emmer), and farro grande (spelt). If you’re wondering what does farro taste like, as big supporters of farro, we’re here to tell you it’s complex, nutty, toasty, earthy and above all super delicious. Its flavor is reminiscent of other cereal grains when toasted, such as oats. But, is farro good for you? A resounding yes – it contains nutrients like zinc and magnesium, has a good amount of fiber to aid in digestion, and is even considered a good source of protein. For maximum nutrition, we make sure to purchase whole-grain farro. You can find where to buy farro, more commonly of the farro medio (emmer) variety, in your supermarket or local specialty grocery store.

dried farro on the counter ready to be cooked
dried farro, salt and chicken broth in a pot ready to cook

How To Serve Farro

Farro might be our favorite grain for the fall. You can toss it into any soup to bulk it up, such as Vegetable Soup or Green Chicken Chili Soup or swap out the grains in Beef and Barley Soup or Chicken and Rice Soup. For an easy lunch, we like to throw it into salads: Chickpea Salad, Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Orange Vinaigrette, or Grilled Halloumi Salad. And we can’t forget the importance of a lunch bowl - pack your favorites into a large bowl and call it a meal! Our favorites include Roasted Beets, Roasted Cauliflower, Roasted Acorn Squash, a filet of Baked Salmon or Easy Harissa Chicken, and toasty farro, topped with a zingy Tahini Sauce. You can also toss the farro by itself with a bright sauce like orange vinaigrette, chimichurri, or our salsa verde. We also love to add it to Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers or for our meat lovers, swap our quinoa for a nice bite in Turkey Stuffed Peppers. This recipe for farro is so versatile, it can even be used for porridges too! We use it in place of grains for Six Ingredient Breakfast Quinoa OR even in Norwegian Risgrøt Rice Porridge. Oh yeah, or you can eat it by itself with a little butter and call it a day!

How To Make Farro

This perfectly chewy, nutty grain is ready in about 30 minutes. Follow our step-by-step recipe below for the best way to cook farro:

  1. Cook! The farro cooking ratio to water is about 1 cup of farro to 4 cups of liquid. We love farro because unlike rice or other grains, it’ll puff up easily without soaking up extra liquid and becoming soggy: you can drain whatever is left over for perfectly cooked farro every time. We use chicken stock for extra flavor! If you’re curious about how long to cook farro, it depends on the type: for pearled farro, about 10-15 minutes, for semi-pearled farro, about 20-25 minutes and for whole grain or unprocessed farro, about 30-35 minutes. Pro Tip: for an extra nutty flavor, you can toast your farro with a little bit of oil or butter, until fragrant and light brown, about 3-5 minutes.

  2. Fluff! Our favorite step! Remove from the heat and drain excess liquid. Create little pockets of air by using a fork to make fluffy piles of farro. From here, you can toss it into all your favorite recipes, or follow these tips for freezing farro! Spread cooked farro on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in a single layer. Freeze the farro completely, at least 2 hours, before transferring to an airtight freezer container. To reheat, microwave on high for 30 seconds at a time, add it frozen to your favorite soup or cook in a skillet with a little olive oil over medium-low heat.

homemade farro in a serving bowl with a spoon
homemade farro made with chicken broth and salt in a serving bowl being scooped with a spoon

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Looking for Gluten Free Grains?

Many ask, is farro gluten-free, and while we hate to be the bearers of bad news and say that farro doesn’t fall into the category of being gluten-free, there are plenty of delicious options for you to try:

homemade farro made with chicken broth and salt in a serving bowl being scooped with a spoon

Upgrade Your Grain Game!

We love hearty whole grains! How did you use your farro? Did you find this recipe for how to cook farro simple? Let us know! Tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy eating!

How to Cook Farro

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time:  5 min
  • Cook Time:  20 min
  • Calories: 170

Ingredients

  • 1 cup farro, rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4-5 cups chicken or vegetable stock (optional)

Method

  1. Add the farro and salt to a medium saucepan along with enough water and/or stock to cover by a few inches, about 4-5 cups total. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook until tender. For pearled farro, about 10-15 minutes, for semi pearled farro, about 20-25 minutes and for whole grain or unprocessed farro, about 30-35 minutes.

  2. Remove from heat and drain completely. Fluff with a fork and serve. Store in an airtight container, refrigerated for up to five days.

Note: If using in a salad, allow to cool completely and fluff again.

Freezing Farro: Spread cooked farro on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in a single layer. Freeze the farro completely, at least 2 hours, before transferring to an airtight freezer container. To reheat, microwave on high for 30 seconds at a time, add it frozen to your favorite soup or cook in a skillet with a little olive oil over medium low heat.

Using Farro: Great for bowls or can be served as a side tossed with one of our salad dressings such as our orange vinaigrette, chimichurri or our salsa verde.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories170
  • Protein6 g
  • Carbohydrates35 g
  • Total Fat1 g
  • Dietary Fiber5 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • sodium590 mg
  • Total Sugars0 g

How to Cook Farro

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  • Kay

    Made this and it turned out great. I added it in to a vegetable soup!

    Perfect idea, so glad you liked it!