December 5, 2023

Easy Farro Recipe from Marsh Hen Mill


  • 1 1/2 cups Marsh Hen Mill Farro
  • 4 cups water
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 bay leaves



  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil with the bay leaves.
  • Add the farro to the boiling water and simmer, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until the grains are cooked through but still somewhat chewy, 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Drain well and discard the bay leaves. Transfer to a serving bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Add the olive oil or butter and toss to combine.
  • If you are making the farro ahead, spread while hot on a baking sheet lined with parchment to stop the cooking as it cools.
  • Once cool, refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

To Serve Hot:

  • Sauté cooked farro piccolo in olive oil with red onions and thyme. Add a splash of white wine and finish with cheese. Top with any roasted root vegetables.

To Serve Cold

  • Chill the cooked farro piccolo. Combine with chopped spinach or kale, roasted shallots, bell peppers, carrots and broccoli. sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss. Pour a vinaigrette onto salad.
  • Taste for seasoning, adjusting as you like.

*Cooking time may vary depending on the stove top and the conditions in the kitchen. Elevation and humidity effect cooking times.

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