Sweet Potato and Chard Farrotto

What is farro?—you might be asking. Farro is an Italian word that encompasses three varieties of heirloom grains: einkorn, spelt, and emmer wheat. When buying farro it can be a mix of all three or just one of the heirloom varieties. We have recently added Bob’s Red Mill Organic Farro to our store which contains spelt.

This is a non-hybridized, heirloom variety of wheat that was cultivated in the Mediterranean countries. It’s richer in phytonutrients than modern wheat, higher in protein, and higher in antioxidants. It’s hearty and chewy with a rich, nutty flavor. Farro is commonly incorporated into soups, stews, and side dishes. It’s also used to make farrotto which is made like risotto.

Follow the directions below to make my Sweet Potato and Chard Farrotto which utilizes many local, seasonal veggies along with local, artisanal cheese!

Instructions

The night before you plan to cook, place the farro in a mixing bowl and cover with warm water and apple cider vinegar. Allow to soak on the countertop, tightly covered, for 18-24 hours. Drain, rinse well, and set aside.

  1. Using a large stainless-steel skillet or Dutch oven, warm the olive oil and butter over medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic and shallots and sauté until they become fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Turn down the heat to medium-low and stir in the soaked farro, keep stirring to mix well and to coat the grains with the oil and butter, 3 minutes.
  4. Add the sweet potatoes and pour in the broth ½ cup at a time, stirring continuously with each addition, until the liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes.
  5. Add the chard and stir in the white wine and allow the liquid to absorb, 3 to 5 minutes.
  6. Stir in the cheese, season with salt and pepper, and serve warm.

Recipe Credit

Beth Blessing (Organic Beth) has a Masters in Nutrition and is the co-founder of Green Bean Delivery. She is a mother of three that loves supporting family farms and searching for unique, artisanal products. Her goal is to help others eat better and live a more natural, holistic life through healthy recipes and practical tips. Follow her on Facebook: @OrganicBeth