One-Pot Parmesan and Spinach Farrotto

I’ve got a one-pot, cozy, cheesy whole grain dinner for you today. There are so many different types of farro out there – pearled, semi-pearled, fast cook, yada yada, that it can be difficult to write a recipe using it since every type seems to have a vastly different cook time!

So be sure to grab a bag of farro that cooks in 20-minutes or less. Just check the back of the bag! Trader Joe’s sells a 10-minute faroo that I love. Otherwise, the liquid proportions won’t work.

It’s creamy, it’s a one-pot dump situation, and farro is such a fantastic, filling whole grain. It’s a “healthier” answer to risotto that I know you’ll love.

One-Pot Parmesan and Spinach Farrotto

Servings 2 people


  • Large heavy-bottomed pot
  • Cutting board
  • Chef’s knife


  • 1  tbsp  unsalted butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup  semi-pearled farro
  • 2 1/2 to 3 1/2  low-sodium chicken, vegetable or beef broth  (I used beef broth and it was EXCELLENT!)
  • 1/2  cup  grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup  chopped spinach
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a heavy-bottomed pot (I use my Le Creuset braiser) over medium heat.
  • Stir in 1 diced onion and 2 minced garlic cloves until softened, 3 to 4 minutes.Stir in 1 cup farro for about 1 minute, to toast the grains. Stir in 2 cups low-sodium chicken or beef or vegetable broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce to low and cook uncovered, stirring often, for 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the package instructions. Stir in 1/2 cup more broth at a time until the farro is tender and the mixture is very creamy, a risotto-like consistency.
  • Stir in 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1 cup roughly chopped spinach, and the juice of 1 lemon. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as desired. I often don’t add salt at all if my chicken broth was really salty!
  • Remove from heat. It might continue to thicken, so just add another splash of broth to loosen to your desired consistency if it does. Garnish with more parmesan and any chopped fresh herb if you have some onhand!
Author: Caroline Chambers

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  1. This recipe is so simple, so easy, and so delicious. I made it for lunch today, and I can’t wait to make it again!

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