Slow-Cooker Parmesan & Pea Farro with Fennel Salad

Slow-Cooker Parmesan & Pea Farro with Fennel Salad

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From: Everyday Slow Cooker

This is reminiscent of a farroto, where risotto-like textures and Parmesan-rich flavor reign supreme. The yogurt adds lusciousness and tang that balances the overall savoriness of the dish. The fennel salad is bright and crisp.

Ingredients 5 servings

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  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1½ cups sliced leek (from 1 leek)
  • 1½ cups uncooked farro
  • ⅓ cup dry white wine
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 4 cups unsalted vegetable stock
  • 1 (2 to 3 inch) Parmesan cheese rind
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1½ cups fresh or frozen, thawed green peas
  • ⅓ cup 2% reduced-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 ounce grated Parmesan cheese (about ¼ cup)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 fennel bulb
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest plus 1 tablespoon fresh juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Preparation

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  1. Heat the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add the leek, farro, wine, and garlic, and cook, stirring often, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the farro mixture to a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Stir in the stock, cheese rind, thyme sprig, and ½ teaspoon of the salt.
  2. Cover and cook on LOW until the farro is tender and the liquid is almost absorbed, about 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  3. Turn off the slow cooker; remove the cheese rind and thyme sprig. Gently stir in the peas, yogurt, grated Parmesan, and pepper. Cover and let stand until the cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, trim the fennel bulb, reserving the fronds. Using a mandoline, thinly slice the fennel to measure about 4 cups. Coarsely chop the fronds to measure about ¼ loosely packed cup. Combine the sliced fennel, fronds, lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Serve the cooked farro mixture topped with the fennel salad.
  • Multicooker Directions: In Step 1, remove the lid of a 6-quart multicooker. Place the butter in the inner pot. Press SAUTÉ [Normal]; heat until melted, swirling to coat the bottom of the pot. Add the leek, farro, wine, and garlic, and cook uncovered, stirring often, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the stock, cheese rind, thyme sprig, and ½ teaspoon of the salt. Turn off the cooker. In Step 2, lock the lid; turn Pressure Valve to "Venting." Cook on SLOW COOK [Normal] until the farro is tender and the liquid is almost absorbed, about 2 hours and 30 minutes. Complete Steps 3 and 4.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 cup farro mixture, about ¾ cup fennel mixture
  • Per serving: 330 calories; 7 g fat(3 g sat); 8 g fiber; 56 g carbohydrates; 13 g protein; 9 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 595 mg sodium;
  • Carbohydrate Servings:

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