Farro with Coarse Pesto

by Mary & Christina on February 23, 2011 · 0 comments

Recently I purchased two of Giada De Laurentiis’ cookbooks and I love them both.  I used to not really like Giada but for some reason I have really grown to like her.  A month or so ago I made her Spicy Smoked Mozzarella Meatballs and they were a huge hit.  Tonight I tried out her recipe for Farro with Coarse Pesto to serve alongside seared tuna and brussels sprouts.  This dish is super easy to make and only takes 25 minutes to prepare–and most of that time is hands-off.  It’s a simple side dish that you can serve alongside a number of different things.  Although Giada calls this a pesto, it does not contain pine nuts or any other nut like a pesto typically does.  However, it is still very flavorful like a pesto due to the herbs.

If you are not familiar with Farro, it is a very healthy whole grain and an excellent source for complex carbohydrates.  Additionally, farro is high in fiber and protein and rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients.  When cooked, farro has a firm, chewy texture.

If you decide to make this, be sure not to over-process the pesto as it should still have distinct pieces of the individual herbs, which helps to keep the flavors clearer and more distinct.  Additionally, this recipe can easily be cut in half.  One last thing…don’t even think about skipping the shavings of pecorino romano….that is absolutely necessary.


(1) Do you like Giada?

(2) Do you have a favorite Giada recipe?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen February 23, 2011 at 10:32 pm

This dish looks so healthy and delicious! I will have to give this a try..I am always looking for new healthy side dishes! :)


2 Karyn February 23, 2011 at 11:03 pm

ehhhhhhhhhhhh to giada. i’m not her biggest fan but i don’t really have anything against her.

and i’ve never heard of farro before. i guess i learned something new today :)


3 Fallon February 24, 2011 at 9:20 am

I love Giada! Her recipes are always simple and aren’t complicated. They are pretty accurate and they always taste delicious!

Where did you purchase your farro? Sounds delicious with this salad. I’m thinking Wholefoods would carry it?


4 gayleen hays April 29, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Okay, I’ll bite…where can I find the farro?!
I have the long grain italian farro but I haven’t a clue where to find this one; it looks like rice.


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