Hands-on Time
53 Mins
Total Time
2 Hours 3 Mins
Serves 8 (serving size: 1 cup vegetable mixture and 1/2 cup porridge)
Photo: Tara Donne; Styling: Alistair Turnbull

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare porridge, bring 9 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil over high heat in a large Dutch oven; stir in farro. Reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour or until farro has released its starch. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese and butter.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 400°. While farro cooks, prepare vegetables. Prepare 2 (24 x 18-inch) sheets of foil. Place beets in center of 1 sheet. Place carrots in center of other sheet. Sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 5 thyme sprigs. Seal packets tightly. Place packets directly on the floor of the oven. Roast carrots at 400° for 25 minutes or until tender, turning every 10 minutes. Roast beets 50 minutes or until very tender, turning every 20 minutes. Remove from oven. Peel and quarter beets.

Step 3

Heat remaining 2 table­spoons oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add pears and apple, cut side down, to skillet; cook 4 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 12 minutes or until caramelized. Turn fruit over. Add sage to pan. Roast at 400° for 10 minutes. Add chestnuts to pan; roast an additional 5 minutes. Discard sage. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add beets and carrots to pan; heat thoroughly. Quarter pears; cut apple into 8 wedges.

Recipe adapted from Slow Fires. Copyright 2015 by Justin Smillie. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. $40, 320 pages.

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