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Porcini Farro Risotto

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.

Sunset DECEMBER 2012

  • Yield: Serves 10 to 12
  • Total:2 Hours, 30 Minutes


  • 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).

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 339
  • Calories from fat: 34%
  • Protein: 17g
  • Fat: 13g
  • Saturated fat: 5.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 39g
  • Fiber: 8.5g
  • Sodium: 206mg
  • Cholesterol: 19mg

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Porcini Farro Risotto recipe