Serves 4 (serving size: about 3/4 cup farro and 1 cup shrimp mixture)
Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
1 1/2 cups uncooked pearled farro
3 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup vertically sliced onion
1 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
1 cup asparagus, diagonally cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
1/2 cup water
8 basil leaves
How to Make It
Cook farro according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.
Combine soy sauce and crushed red pepper in a bowl. Stir in cornstarch with a whisk until smooth.
Heat a large wok or skillet over high heat. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons oil; swirl to coat. Add ginger, shrimp, and garlic; stir-fry 3 minutes. Remove shrimp mixture from pan. Return pan to high heat; add remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil. Add onion, bell pepper, and asparagus; stir-fry 3 minutes. Add soy sauce mixture, stock, and 1/2 cup water to pan; bring to a boil. Stir in shrimp mixture and basil; cook 1 minute. Serve with farro.
I liked the flavors in this dish - the ginger combined with the basil was very interesting. But at the very end, you add a lot of liquid to the pan (3TB soy sauce plus 1/2 cup water), so everything ends up just boiled. And you're only supposed to cook it for a minute, so nothing really evaporates. If I make this again (probably won't even bother), I won't add the 1/2 cup water.