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Farro with Roasted Porcini Mushrooms and Cavolo Nero

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner
Yield Makes 4 to 6 servings
Farro is an ancient grain with a chewy, nutty texture. Cavolo nero is an Italian cabbage with dark-green leaves.


  • 5 cups water, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 cups farro
  • 3 pieces dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1/2 pound fresh porcini or shiitake mushrooms, quartered
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 1 fennel bulb, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 1 sprig fresh sage
  • 1 bunch cavolo nero or kale, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth

How to Make It

  1. Bring 4 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil. Cook farro 10 minutes or until al dente. Strain and cool; set aside.

  2. Place dried porcini mushrooms in 1 cup lukewarm water; let stand 10 minutes. Chop mushrooms, and reserve liquid.

  3. Combine fresh mushrooms, 1/4 cup olive oil, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper in a medium bowl, and toss to coat. Place on a baking sheet; roast at 400° for 20 minutes or until golden, stirring twice.

  4. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and next 3 ingredients; cook until tender. Add bay leaf and next 3 ingredients. Stir in chopped hydrated porcini mushrooms, porcini liquid, and remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook 30 minutes or until cavolo nero is tender. Stir in farro and broth. Simmer, uncovered, 10 to 15 minutes or until almost all liquid has been absorbed. Fold in roasted mushrooms. Remove bay leaf.