It’s easy to forget that rice isn’t the only grain that cooks to perfection in a rice cooker. We decided to mix things up and make farro in the rice cooker as the base for our Farro Risotto with Roasted Vegetables. Risotto is a classically complicated and time consuming dish, but making it in the rice cooker cuts down on both time and energy.
Farro is an ancient grain that, unlike rice, is nutty in flavor and has a hearty, chewy texture. It adds a satisfying substance to this risotto and allows the dish to stand alone as a main course or make a great side dish alongside chicken, steak or fish.
Add farro, white wine, and vegetable broth to your rice cooker. Be sure your rice cooker is set to the WHOLE GRAIN setting. While the farro cooks, roast the vegetables the oven until they are tender. When the vegetables are done, mix them into the cooked farro, add parmesan cheese and basil and it’s ready to serve. While this version is less creamy than a typical risotto, the parmesan cheese complements the nutty farro while the roasted veggies add a pop of color. Impress your guests by going outside the box and experimenting with a new grain or make this dish for your family and store the leftovers for the week.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 small onion, minced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 cups farro
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse pepper
- 1 package (6 ounces) baby portobello mushrooms, quartered
- 1 small yellow squash, cut in large dice
- 1 small zucchini, cut in large dice
- 1 small red pepper, cut in large dice
- 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
- In large skillet over medium-high, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the onion and garlic. Sauté until onion is translucent.
- Place farro in rice cooker pot. Add vegetable stock and wine. Stir in onion mixture, salt and pepper.
- Cook farro using WHOLE GRAIN setting on rice cooker.
- Meanwhile, heat oven to 450ºF. In a large bowl, mix remaining olive oil with mushrooms, yellow squash, zucchini and red pepper. Spread vegetables in shallow foil-lined baking pan. Roast 20 to 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
- When rice cooker cycle is complete, add roasted vegetables, Parmesan cheese and basil to cooked farro. Stir well and serve.