Farro with Broccoli Rabe Pesto

Farro with Broccoli Rabe Pesto
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Farro Pasta

Jane Bruce

Farro Pasta

Coming from a Barese family, eating broccoli rabe is non-negiotable — it's a staple. In my grandmother's town of Adelfia in Bari, Italy, the cousin of spinach and the sister to broccoli was on the table quite often. What wasn't on the table ever? Farro. Though an Italian grain, it never existed in our lives until I introduced it recently. Now, when blended with the familiar verde, hearty crumbed walnuts, and sharp Parmagiano, it is welcomed with a smile. 

Ingredients

For the pesto

  • bunch of broccoli rabe, cleaned and trimmed
  • cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2  tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4  tablespoons  Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated and divided
  • 1/4  cup  raw walnuts, chopped and divided
  • 1  cup  Italian farro
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

For the pesto

Steam the broccoli rabe and drain in a colander and let it rest for 3-4 minutes. When cool, chop lightly by hand and place the broccoli rabe, garlic, 2 tablespoons of Parmigiano, oil, and ½ of the walnuts in a food processor and blend until smooth but fairly thick. Put aside. boil the farro in a small pot until it is soft but still has a crunchy texture, about 10 minutes. In a sauté pan, bring 2 tablespoons of the pesto and the farro together. Top with remaining Parmigiano and cover with lid for 2 minutes. When serving, sprinkle with remaining walnuts, salt, and pepper, to taste. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
17g
24%
Sugar
14g
16%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Cholesterol
4mg
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
17g
13%
Protein
3g
7%
Vitamin A, RAE
6µg
1%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
2mg
3%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
12µg
13%
Calcium, Ca
19mg
2%
Choline, total
2mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
2µg
1%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
3mg
1%
Phosphorus, P
6mg
1%
Sodium, Na
387mg
26%
Water
131g
5%

Farro Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Farro Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.