Toasted Farro With Roasted Vegetables and Fennel

Yield:

Makes 4 servings (serving size: 2 1/2 cups)

Recipe Time

Prep: 30 Minutes
Cook: 10 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 480
Fat 14.9 g
Satfat 4 g
Monofat 8.5 g
Polyfat 1.7 g
Protein 22 g
Carbohydrate 67 g
Fiber 11 g
Cholesterol 10 mg
Iron 4 mg
Sodium 737 mg
Calcium 291 mg

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups dried farro
1 (12-ounce) jar roasted bell peppers, thinly sliced, 3 tablespoons of liquid reserved
2 tablespoons sherry or red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cooking spray
3 small zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise (about 12 ounces)
1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced (reserve a few fronds for garnish)
1 (15-ounce) can butter beans, rinsed, drained
2 ounces thinly sliced Parmesan

Preparation

1. In a large skillet, toast the farro over medium-high heat. Shake the skillet occasionally, until the farro is aromatic and slightly golden (about 2 minutes).

2. Transfer the toasted farro to a medium saucepan. Cover with 1 inch of water; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, uncovered, until farro is tender (20-25 minutes). Drain farro, and transfer to a large serving platter to cool at room temperature.

3. In a small bowl, combine the reserved roasted bell pepper liquid, vinegar, olive oil, salt, and black pepper; stir well with a whisk. Set the vinaigrette aside.

4. Preheat a grill to medium-high. Grill the zucchini slices until tender (about 2 minutes per side); transfer to platter with the farro.

5. Arrange butter beans and roasted bell peppers over farro; drizzle with vinaigrette.

6. Sprinkle the farro and vegetables with sliced fennel and fronds and Parmesan cheese; drizzle with more vinaigrette as desired. Serve at room temperature.

Note:

Stephana Bottom,

July 2011