Farro is a delicious, healthy alternative to pasta and this recipe combines it with Italian sausage and mushrooms to make an easy one-dish dinner.

Farro with Sausage, Mushrooms and Shallots

Farro is an ancient grain that has been a staple of rustic Italian cuisine for hundreds of years. It's easy to prepare and makes a deliciously healthful alternative to pasta.

For this simple one-dish dinner, we've combined it with sweet Italian sausage, sautéed mushrooms, shallots and a handful of scallions for a splash of color and extra flavor.

Farro with Sausage, Mushrooms and Shallots

Farro with Sausage, Mushrooms and Shallots

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Farro is a delicious, healthy alternative to pasta and this recipe combines it with Italian sausage and mushrooms to make an easy one-dish dinner.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb Italian sausage (4 links)
  • 1-1/2 cups semi-pearled or pearled farro
  • Low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium shallots, finely chopped
  • 8 ounces cremini (or white button) mushrooms, washed and sliced
  • 3 to 4 scallions, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut the sausage links into pieces about 1/2-inch thick (kitchen shears work well for this) and set aside.
  2. Using low-sodium chicken broth in place of plain water, cook and drain the farro according to the package directions. Set aside.
  3. While the farro simmers, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and sauté until lightly browned and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain the excess fat from the pan, transfer the sausage to a plate and set aside.
  4. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the pan along with the shallots. Sauté over medium heat until softened, 2 minutes.
  5. Add the mushrooms and continue sautéeing until they're nicely browned, 5 to 7 minutes longer.
  6. Return the sausage to the pan, add the scallions and cook 1 to 2 minutes longer. Stir in the cooked farro, then taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.
  7. Plate individual servings and serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 382 Total Fat: 30g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 23g Cholesterol: 48mg Sodium: 729mg Carbohydrates: 9g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 4g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 18g
Note: Nutrition information is estimated and may vary from your actual results.