Healthy doesn't mean flavorless and lifeless, on the contrary for us it means loads of flavor and color all in one dish. Today we are sharing a lovely recipe with one of our favorite Italian grains. Come with us into our kitchen and let us show you how to make One Pot Italian Farro with White Beans and Tomatoes!
Song of the day: "Put a Little Love in your Heart" by Annie Lennox and Al Green.
[This post is sponsored by Ontario Bean Growers. We’ve been compensated but -as always- all opinions are our own.]
Beans glorious beans!
I have to say we love our beans, whether a bean medley or as we have used today, the white kidney beans. This morsel of goodness offers nothing but flavor and texture, more so it is packed with fiber and protein, the healthy kind, lol! However this dish has an amazing co-star and that is farro!
What is Farro?
Farro is an ancient grain that has been traced back to the Mesopotamia period (some 20,000 years ago) amazing! It is hugely popular in Italy! Not all grains are created equally, Farro is a super grain filled with protein and fiber. It has a lovely nutty flavor when cooked. The cooking method is similar to rice just cook it in boiling water or a rice cooker, until you get a nice al-dente texture. It is similar to barley, however it is more oblong in shape.
Why Farro is good for you!
Farro is much healthier than rice. It is in the way it is processed, and comes in three varieties and sizes. Pearled, semi pearled, and whole. Then, for the sizes, farro piccolo, farro medio, and lastly, farro grande. Quite a variety to choose from, it all depends on what texture and flavor you want, and really what floats your boat. The world is your farro, lol!
Enough research, let's get down to what we really love doing, cooking!
The ingredients for One Pot Italian farro with white beans and tomatoes
This is what you will need to create this lovely, hearty, healthy dish:
- white kidney beans
- heirloom tomatoes
- roasted or sundried tomatoes
- tomato paste
- dried red chili flakes (peperoncino)
- Italian herbs of basil, parsley, oregano, and rosemary, dried or fresh
- nutritional yeast
- extra virgin cold pressed olive oil (evo oil)
Now that we have the ingredients, let's get cooking!
First things first, we need to cook the farro. This is how you do it:
- Place the farro into a medium pot of water. The amount of water should be twice the amount of farro. So, for example, ½ cup farro, 1 cup water. Let it come to a boil and cook it until al dente in texture. Drain and set aside.
- Secondly, in a large saute' pan, drizzle in oil, toss in onions and garlic, season with salt, pepper, and paprika, and bring to a medium heat, stirring frequently. Add in heirloom tomatoes, sundried or roasted tomatoes, herbs, fresh chopped basil, chili flakes. Stir and cook for a bit, then add water, cover, and let simmer on low heat.
- Thirdly, time to add in the farro and the white beans, plus the nutritional yeast, blend well so the farro is nicely coated with that lovely tomato mixture. Cover and cook for a few more minutes.
- Lastly, uncover, add some tomato paste, stir, and taste for seasoning. Add in the lemon juice and chopped fresh basil and another good stir!
Finishing the One Pot Italian farro with white beans and tomatoes!
I always believe in garnishing and finishing touches to a dish before it is served. It is like the last bit of love before it will be seen and eaten. With that being said, sprinkle some more fresh chopped basil, and a drizzle of olive oil and you are done. Nothing to do but put on a huge smile and serve this lovely One pot Italian Farro with white beans and tomatoes!
A thing of beauty
I love the way this dish presents. It has color, texture, and that pop from the basil just brings everything to life. More so, the aroma entices you to just get a forkful and revel in the experience. That is exactly what I am going to do!
One Pot Italian Farro with white beans and tomatoes, a little taste of heaven
Mmmmmmmmm! I love the bite of the farro, that little crunch which releases the nuttiness we so want. The the rich tomato comes in, the sweetness of the heirloom and those roasted tomatoes, just heavenly. Really what I truly enjoy is the earthy starchiness of the white kidney bean it is like the foundation holding everything in check. Furthermore, we must not forget all those supporting ingredients like the rosemary, parsley, oregano, the spice of the red chili flakes, and I have to say, that little bit of lemon just brightens the day with freshness and acidity, also pairing well with our Italian glorious gold, evo oil!
As of late Nicoletta and I have been really creating healthy delicious dishes. I have to say and you may agree, that once you get started it is a bit hard, but then this feeling of well being takes over and you crave that goodness, that health in your food. I can totally say I am feeling that way. Furthermore don't think healthy has to mean bland, try this dish, I know you are going to be surprised and totally pleased. Thanks for joining myself (Loreto) and Nicoletta in our kitchen, it has been an absolute pleasure sharing this recipe with you! Enjoy!Print