one-pot farro with tomatoes + feta
I’m taking some time off the next few weeks to spend with my family and our new bundle of joy. In the meantime, I’ve set up a few posts ahead of time to share. I’m a recent convert to the one-pot/one-pan meal situation and I’m not leaving that train aaaaany time soon (mostly because when it comes to food, I am the most impatient). This one-pot farro with tomatoes and feta in particular is a new favorite dish of ours, both as a healthy meal or hearty side dish in the sum-sum-summahtime.
So there’s this thing called losing all that pregnancy weight. You know, because I can’t just eat all the ice cream sandwiches and cheeseburgers with extra fries on the side my heart — I mean, baby — desires anymore. I know; I’m shedding a tear about it, too. But I also need to shed me some poundage. And so was the inspiration for this delightful little dish o’ health.
I’ve never been a crazy health fanatic — meaning, I don’t obsess over every single food that goes into my belly on a daily basis — but I have always strived to eat a fairly balanced diet with plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains and lean proteins. This especially has been the case since I was pregnant, knowing that everything that went into my body would be affecting another little body. So yummy, nutrient-packed, very filling (because I was a hungry mungry while preggo like WHOA) meals were and continue to be essential to my weekly menu (with a few treats of the aforementioned ice cream/cheeseburger/French fries nature here and there). This one-pot farro? Hits all the targets. Plus, it’s easy and quick to make. HOLLA.
Have you ever tried farro? It’s kind of like a chewier, heartier version of rice — most similar to spelt, methinks — and it’s a nutritional roundhouse kick to the face (in a delicious, non-painful way, that is) packed with fiber, iron and protein. I was first introduced to it when Bob’s Red Mill sent me a package (hey thanks, Bob!) and it’s been a favorite grain in our household ever since.
In this one-pot situation, the farro soaks and cooks with tomatoes, garlic and onions so every al dente bite is savory and flavorful. Then when you add the salty feta cheese and fresh basil, it takes to next-level deliciousness, you know? It’s the kind of deliciousness that forces me to fill up my bowl again and again. Well if you insist, yummy yummy farro.
So if you’re looking for a hearty, satisfying, easy, healthy and mindblowingly tasty dish to fill up on this summer, give this dish a whirl. And then have an ice cream sandwich for dessert — for the balance, of course.
One Pot Farro with Tomatoes and Feta
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
- Total Time: 40 mins
- Yield: 2 servings as a main dish, 4 as a side dish 1x
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup uncooked, semi-pearled farro (I used Bob’s Red Mill brand)
- 1/2 large red onion, halved and thinly sliced
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 10 ounces grape tomatoes, halved
- 1 1/4 teaspoons sea salt
- Pinch red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for drizzling (optional)
- Fresh basil leaves, cut into thin ribbons
- Crumbled feta cheese, for serving
- In a medium saucepan, combine water and farro. Let farro soak up to 10 minutes while you prepare remaining ingredients.
- Add sliced onion, chopped garlic, halved grape tomatoes, sea salt, red pepper flakes and olive oil to saucepan. Set a timer for 30 minutes. Bring mixture to a boil, uncovered, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until timer goes off. If the mixture is still too wet or the farro is too crunchy, cook another 3 to 4 minutes. Season to taste.
- Transfer farro mixture to a serving bowl. Top with a drizzle of olive oil, if desired. Sprinkle with fresh basil leaf ribbons and crumbled feta cheese just before serving.
I’ve never tried farro before, but this dish looks delicious! Especially with the feta sprinkled in. Definitely going to have to test this out soon. Pinned!
I love farro and these flavor combinations sound great! It is always nice to have a good healthy dish in your back pocket 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!
I love those dishes! Have never tried farro but I’m a huge fan of barley and black rice. So I guess this would be a dish for me. It does look great and also such a quick dinner. That’s what we are all looking for during weeknights. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
I love farro, and this dish sounds so good! Can’t go wrong with all that feta goodness. And one pot is always a plus!
Ooh, this sounds really tasty! I’ll be making this asap, it sounds like the perfect summery dish.
I love farro! This is totally mind of of dish and so, so perfect for summer!
Mmmm…..I love tomatoes and feta together! Total besties if you ask me:)
I just love this! I have farro that I keep meaning to use but never do and love this idea.
Yes puhhh-lease! Looks so good!
Farro is my new quinoa. I just love the nutty, chewy texture it has!
I’ve never cooked with farro before but I think I will have to try it! I’ve always been pretty excited about eating whatever my heart desires while pregnant…and worrying about the rest later! This dish would make it easy to eat healthy though. yum!
I took a cooking class at Sur La Table over the weekend and one of the dishes used farro. I like your addition of tomatoes and feta and will have to look for Bob’s Red Mill brand now that I know I like the taste too. Great meal! And, yes, I’d have to balance all this healthiness out with ice cream too!
Summer for us is all about simple and delicious meals like this one! Pinned!
Stephanie, I love farro and this combination is to die for! I love that farro has protein so I don’t have to feel bad about getting some carbs! I laughed at the part about cheeseburgers 🙂
Tomatoes and feta are a match made in heaven, love this!