One-Pan Italian Farro with Tomatoes Plated
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Farro with Tomatoes Easy Italian One-Pan Dish

An easy one-pan meal that is finished in 30 minutes. The farro keeps its chewy texture while the onion-tomato seasoning soaks into each kernel.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: grain, main dish, side
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword: light lunch, meatless dish
Servings: 4 sides
Calories: 262
Author: Marisa Franca @ All Our Way


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup farro -- check what type it is for cooking time. I used Italian pearled farro which cooks in about 20 minutes.
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 9 ounces grape tomatoes halved
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil extra for drizzling on top
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese and a little extra for sprinkling on top.
  • Basil leaves thinly cut into ribbons


  • Place the water in a medium saucepan. Put the farro in a sieve and rinse with cold water. Add the farro to the water and let it presoak about 5 to 10 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients.
  • Once you slice the onions add them to the pan as well as the thinly slice garlic cloves, salt, red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  • Set the timer for 30 minutes.
  • Bring the uncovered pan up to a boil. Halve the grape tomatoes and add them to the other ingredients. Once the the liquid comes to a boil, reduce it to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
  • When the timer rings, the farro should be cooked, tender but still chewy. The water should be almost completely absorbed.
  • Stir in the grated parmesan cheese.
  • Transfer the farro to a serving bowl. There may be a little extra water left but we believe it adds to the taste.
  • Drizzle more olive oil over the top, sprinkle with the basil ribbons, and finish with parmesan cheese. *


* If you don't have basil you may use Flat-leaf parsley. We've done it both ways and both ways are delicious but the basil adds more flavor.
This recipes was inspired by Deb from Smitten Kitchen who in turn was inspire by Martha Stewart Living.


Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 840mg | Potassium: 349mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 635IU | Vitamin C: 11.5mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 1.8mg