Creamy Farro Pilaf with Wild Mushrooms


Crisp roasted mushrooms add texture and an earthy depth to velvety farro cooked in wine. Parmesan brings it all together.


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 shallot, minced

  • 1 cup farro

  • ¼ cup dry white wine

  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken stock

  • Coarse salt

  • 12 ounces wild mushrooms, such as shiitake or oyster, trimmed and cut into ½-inch slices

  • Red-pepper flakes

  • 1 bunch spinach (10 ounces), stemmed

  • ¼ cup crumbled Parmesan, plus more for serving


  1. In a medium saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add shallot and cook, stirring, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add farro, stirring until toasted, 1 minute. Add wine and reduce by half. Add stock, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until farro is tender and creamy, 35 to 40 minutes. Season with salt and cover to keep warm.

  2. Meanwhile, heat oven to 450 degrees. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss mushrooms with remaining 2 tablespoons oil and season with salt and red-pepper flakes. Roast, stirring once, until crisp and golden, 20 to 22 minutes.

  3. Warm farro over medium heat and add spinach, stirring until wilted, about 1 minute. Stir in mushrooms and Parmesan. Top with additional Parmesan.

Cook's Notes

Change It Up

Substitute wilted mustard greens, pine nuts, and currants for the mushrooms and spinach; stir in roasted cauliflower.

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