Pesto Farro

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For those not familiar with pesto, it's a fresh herb sauce that is made with a bunch of basil. It includes pine nuts, garlic and parmesan to create a smooth sauce for any pasta (or as a condiment for grilled chicken.) If you've never grown basil, it's one of the easiest things to grow, and it turns out to be a huge bush. The one basil plant I grow in my garden provides me with a ton of basil, so I love having pesto throughout the summer. In this recipe, I'm using pesto with one of my favorite grains, farro. It's a healthier option than your standard pasta, and pairs well with the pesto. I hope you enjoy!

Pesto Farro

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Healthy Fat, healthy grain, pesto
Servings: 3
Calories: 505kcal
Author: SatMorning21



  • 1 Cup Farro
  • 1 TB Butter
  • 1/2 T Salt


  • 1 Cup Basil lightly packed - about 1.5 ounces
  • 1 Oz Pine nuts 2-3 Tablespoons
  • 1/3 Cup Parmesan
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Water


  • 1/3 Cup Parmesan freshly grated


  • Bring pot of water to a boil and add farro. Cook for 25 minutes. (I know farro has ratios for how much water to use, I just cook it like pasta, fill a pot and dump the farro in.)
  • While farro is cooking, make the pesto. Place the pine nuts over medium heat and toast until they have some color, 5-7 minutes.
  • Add pine nuts and all remaining pesto ingredients to a blender and blend for 1 minute.
  • Strain farro and then add back to the pot with the butter and salt. Stir to coat the farro.
  • Plate farro and serve with pesto sauce. Top with some fresh grated parm.


Calories: 505kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 1754mg | Potassium: 267mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 714IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 297mg | Iron: 3mg



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