Farro with Winter Squash and Pecans


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The Side Dish Handbook

The Side Dish Handbook

By Tori Ritchie

Published 2015

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  • 1 cup (6 oz/185 g) semiperlato farro
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ yellow onion, finely chopped
  • Salt
  • cups (20 fl oz/625 ml) low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 cups (about 8 oz/250 g) winter squash cubes (½-inch/12-mm cubes)
  • ½ cup (2 oz/60 g) pecans halves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary


Put the farro in a fine-mesh sieve, rinse under cold running water, and shake dry thoroughly.

In a large sauté pan, melt 1 tbsp of the butter with the oil over medium- high heat. Add the onion and a generous pinch of salt and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the farro and stir for about 1 minute to coat with the fat. Pour in cups (12 fl oz/375 ml) of the broth and let come to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.

Uncover and stir in the squash and the remaining 1 cup (8 fl oz/ 250 ml) broth. Raise the heat to high and bring to a boil, stirring, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the squash is tender and the grains are tender but still chewy, 15–20 minutes longer. If any broth remains in the pan, cook, uncovered, until it is absorbed.

While the farro is cooking, melt the remaining 1 tbsp butter in a small frying pan over medium heat. Add the pecans, rosemary, and a pinch of salt and sauté until the nuts smell toasty, about 1½ minutes. Set aside.

When the farro is ready, transfer to a warmed serving dish, top with the nuts, and serve right away.