Basic Farro

Basic Farro

Course: Sides, Main

Farro is the Italian name for ‘hulled’ wheat. The ancient strains of hulled wheat include spelt, emmer, and einkorn. These grains have a husky “hull” that must be removed to get the edible kernel on the inside. Farro “perlato”, refers to pearled wheat, whereby the tough bran coat has been polished to let water in during cooking and create a tender bite. Maine Grains pearled farro is made from spelt and still has some of its bran intact, giving the grain a roasted, nutty flavor while providing high fiber, protein and vital nutrients. Farro does contain gluten and is not suitable for those with celiac disease.


  • 1 cup pearled Maine Grains Farro

  • 2 cups water

  • dash of salt optional


  • Combine with water in a pot and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes until grains are tender and have absorbed all the liquid.


  • Blend with roasted vegetables, herbs, crumbled cheese and a protein of your choice for a balanced grain bowl meal.
  • Add farro to soups, or use like pilaf in place of rice.
  • Warm cooked farro in a skillet with vegetables, crack an egg into the warm farro, cover and serve once the egg is cooked through to your liking.
  • Farro is also delicious prepared like risotto.

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