Farro with Pistachios & Herbs
From EatingWell: November/December 2007
Here we stir fresh parsley and crunchy pistachios into farro for a simple side dish. Serve this simple grain right in the same dish with a rich stew. The nutty flavors of farro and pistachios are the perfect complement to the rich broth of the stew.
- 2 cups farro, (see Tip)
- 4 cups water
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 ounces salted shelled pistachios, (about 1 cup), toasted and chopped (see Tip)
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- Combine farro, water and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a large heavy saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir and reduce the heat to a simmer; cook, uncovered, until the farro is tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until translucent, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from the heat.
- Combine pistachios, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl; toss to combine.
- Drain the farro and add to the bowl along with the onion mixture and parsley. Season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Toss to combine.
Tips & Notes
- Make Ahead Tip: Prepare up to 2 hours ahead. Hold at room temperature and reheat over low until warm.
- Tips: Farro is a high-fiber whole grain that is an ancestor of modern wheat. It is commonly used in Italian cooking and is becoming more popular in the U.S. Find it in natural-foods stores and amazon.com. Cooked barley can be used as a substitute.
- Toast pistachios in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 4 to 6 minutes.
Per serving: 220 calories; 9 g fat (1 g sat, 5 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 31 g carbohydrates; 8 g protein; 5 g fiber; 163 mg sodium; 160 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Fiber (20% daily value)
Carbohydrate Servings: 2
Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 1/2 fat
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- Type of Dish
- Side dish, grain
- Ease of Preparation
- Total Time
- 45 minutes or less
- 8 or more
- Main Ingredient
- Vegetarian, other
- Preparation/ Technique
- November/December 2007