Porcini Farro Risotto

Porcini Farro Risotto Recipe
Photo: Brown Cannon III
Farro (emmer wheat) can be used instead of rice to make a creamy, nutty-tasting risotto--as long as you use the semi-pearled type (the seed's tough outer layer has been partly removed). This dish is good with whole, unpearled farro too, but will be tender-chewy, not creamy.


Serves 10 to 12
Total time: 2 Hours, 30 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Total: 2 Hours, 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 339
Caloriesfromfat 34 %
Protein 17 g
Fat 13 g
Satfat 5.4 g
Carbohydrate 39 g
Fiber 8.5 g
Sodium 206 mg
Cholesterol 19 mg


2 1/2 cups dried porcini, black trumpet, or mixed wild mushrooms
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup roughly chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups semipearled or regular farro*
About 1 tsp. kosher salt
10 sprigs thyme, leaves minced
1 cup very roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese


1. Bring dried porcini and 8 1/2 cups water to a boil over high heat, covered. Remove from heat and let sit 1 hour. Lift mushrooms from soaking liquid and chop coarsely; set liquid and mushrooms aside.

2. Meanwhile, melt butter with oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and farro and cook, stirring, until onion is translucent and farro turns toasty brown, about 7 minutes. Stir in 1 tsp. salt.

3. Strain porcini soaking liquid through a cheesecloth-lined strainer into a bowl. Pour 1 cup liquid into farro and cook, stirring, until nearly absorbed, about 5 minutes. Repeat until all liquid has been used and farro is tender, about 1 hour.

4. Stir in thyme, parsley, reserved porcini, and cheese, and cook another few minutes to meld flavors. Season with salt to taste.

*Find semipearled farro at amazon.com, or use regular farro: Soak 1 hour in 2 in. of water to cover, then drain and cook as directed--except add all the liquid at once (no amount of stirring will make it creamy, so save yourself the trouble).

December 2012
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