Tender farro is paired with caramelized onions in this wonderful French Onion Farro recipe.  It’s a cross between French Onion Soup and a rice bowl and has a chewy texture and great flavor.  It works well as a main course or can be served as a side dish and is a one-pot recipe.  The recipe itself takes a while to prepare but it is quite effortless.  The most time is spent waiting for the onions to caramelize…and we all know how long that takes 😊 But otherwise you don’t have to fuss over the pan too frequently, making it a great weeknight meal.  This is also a meatless meal so it’s perfect for a vegetarian diet or if you participate in Meatless Monday.  If you omit the cheese, it is a vegan meal, so it’s very versatile!

The recipe can be found here.

Start by heating 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large pot over medium-low heat.  Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent.  This will take at least 20 minutes.  Add the garlic and stir to combine.  Continue to cook for about 30 seconds, then add the wine and stir to combine and scrape off any bits stuck to the bottom of the pan.

Add 2 ½ cups of broth, the farro, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper.  Stir to combine then increase the heat to high and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, reduce the heat to simmer and cook uncovered for 15-20 minutes or until the farro is tender.  Stir the mixture occasionally and if the liquid cooks off or the farro appears to be drying out, add an additional ½ cup of broth and stir to combine.

While the farro finished cooking, make the crostini.  This step is optional, but I think it’s well worth it!  Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.  Slice the baguette and place on a baking sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil and bake for about 5 minutes to toast the bread.  Remove from the oven and top with cheese.  I prefer gruyere cheese, but Swiss would also work well.  Return to the oven and bake until the cheese is melted, about 3-5 minutes.

To serve, spoon the French Onion Farro into bowls and top with parsley (optional).  Garnish with a few pieces of the cheesy crostini and serve warm.  Enjoy!

The recipe can be found here.

Super yummy!  I love the tender farro, it has a slightly nutty flavor, and the sweet, caramelized onions.  It’s a wonderful combination!  If you want to skip the crostini, you could serve the farro over a bed of arugula, with a side salad, or perhaps with some steamed vegetables on the side.

Happy Cooking!

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