Dana Slatkin

Spring Green Farro Risotto

Farro RisottoThis is the perfect dish to impress your friends at a St. Paddy’s Day or spring feast. Farro is a whole-grain wheat kernel, packed with protein, fiber, vitamins and nutty flavor. When it comes to risotto, farro has some advantages over traditional Arborio (or Carnaroli) rice. It cooks up chewy and reheats without going gummy. It also precludes the need for constant attention, requiring only intermittent stirring. If you are entertaining, make this recipe up to step 3, cool it down, and keep it refrigerated. Then, just before serving, reheat it in the microwave or on the stove, adding the spinach/basil purée, peas and cheese at the last minute.

Garnish with blanched asparagus spears, chives or slivered scallions, and you have a fresh, elegant take on a traditional Italian favorite.

For another delightful whole-grain dish for spring, try Mushroom Quinoa Risotto. Or, browse our complete recipe collection.

 

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Photo credit: Micon, Flickr and thekitchensinkrecipes.com

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