Farro-and-Sausage Parmigiano


In this clever slow cooker dish, farro gets simmered with tomatoes and sausage until thick and hearty, then broiled with fresh mozzarella and Parmesan. A quick and simple topping of lemon and herbed panko gives it the perfect crunchy finish. Slideshow: More Slow Cooker Meals Recipes 

Farro-and-Sausage Parmigiano
Photo: © John Kernick
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs
4 to 6


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 yellow onion, chopped

  • Kosher salt

  • Black pepper

  • 1 pound hot or sweet Italian sausage, casings removed

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed

  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

  • 1 1/2 cups (9 ounces) farro

  • One 28-ounce can crushed fire-roasted tomatoes

  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced

  • 1 1/2 cups panko

  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh oregano

  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

  • 6 ounces lightly salted fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced


  1. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the onion, season with salt and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 minutes. Add the sausage and cook, breaking it up, until cooked through, about 7 minutes. Add two-thirds of the garlic, the dried oregano, crushed red pepper and fennel seeds. Cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Stir in the vinegar, then scrape into a 6-quart slow cooker. Add the farro, crushed tomatoes and 2 1/2 cups of water. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook on high until the farro is tender, 2 1/2 hours. Stir in the scallions.

  2. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the panko and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Add the parsley, lemon zest, fresh oregano and the remaining garlic. Cook, stirring, until the garlic is tender, 1 minute. Season with salt. Transfer to a plate.

  3. Preheat the broiler and position a rack 6 inches from the heat. Scrape the farro mixture into a 3-quart oval baking dish or 4 small baking dishes. Sprinkle with the grated Parmesan and top with the mozzarella. Broil until the cheese is melted and starting to brown, about 5 minutes; rotate the baking dish halfway through broiling. Transfer to a rack and let stand for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with the panko and serve.

Make Ahead

The cooled panko can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature overnight.

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