One Pan Farro with Tomatoes

When we got home from Chicago, we were overflowing with tomatoes. Our plants had exploded in the best kind of way! I’d had this recipe on our tomato to-do list for a few weeks now, and was incredibly pleased at how easily (and deliciously) it came together! Side note on the farro cooking: ours wasn’t semi-pearled, so it took about an hour to cook, but still came out perfect.

One Pan Farro with Tomatoes

One Pan Farro with Tomatoes
via smitten kitchen

2 cups water
1 cup semi-pearled farro
1/2 large onion
2 cloves garlic
9 ounces grape or cherry tomatoes
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher or coarse sea salt
Up to 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (to taste)
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
Few basil leaves, cut into thin ribbons
Grated parmesan cheese, for serving

Place water and farro in a medium saucepan to presoak (I find just 5 to 10 minutes sufficient) while you prepare the other ingredients. Adding each ingredient to the pot as you finish preparing it, cut onion in half again, and very thinly slice it into quarter-moons. Thinly slice garlic cloves as well. Halve or quarter tomatoes. Add salt, pepper flakes (to taste) and 1 tablespoon olive oil to pan, and set a timer for 30 minutes (or as long as is directed on your farro). Bring uncovered pan (no lid necessary) up to a boil, then reduce to a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally. When the timer rings, the farro should be perfectly cooked (tender but with a meaty chew), seasoned and the cooking water should be almost completely absorbed. If needed, though I’ve never found it necessary, cook it for 5 additional minutes, until farro is more tender.
Transfer to a wide serving bowl. If there’s enough leftover cooking liquid to be bothersome, simply use a slotted spoon to leave the amount you wish to behind. Drizzle farro lightly with additional olive oil, scatter with basil and parmesan.

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