Cheesy Farro-and-Tomato Risotto

Rajat Parr came up with this vibrant risotto when trying to feed a bunch of hungry friends in his San Francisco apartment from a pantry that happened to contain tomatoes and farro.


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  • Servings: 4


  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups farro
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 quart of water
  • 1 cup drained canned tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sliced basil leaves

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large saucepan, heat 3 tablespoons of the oil. Add the onion and cook over moderately high heat until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the farro and stir until coated with oil, about 1 minute. Add the white wine and simmer until almost evaporated, 2 minutes. Lower the heat to moderate. Add 1 cup of the water and cook, stirring, until absorbed. Repeat with the remaining water, adding 1 cup at a time and stirring constantly until the farro is just tender and suspended in a creamy sauce, 30 minutes total.

  2. Stir the tomatoes into the risotto and bring to a boil over moderate heat. Off the heat, stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon the risotto into bowls, garnish with the basil and serve hot.

Suggested Pairing

Rajat Parr pairs this dish with an appropriately casual wine, like a berry-rich Dolcetto d'Alba.

Contributed By Photo © Lucy Schaeffer Published November 2009

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