Warm Farro with Tomatoes, Parmesan, and Basil

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Prep Time

8 mins

Cook Time

18 mins

Free Time

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With its nutty flavor and satisfying chew, farro is quinoa and couscous’ lesser-known (but equally worth knowing) sibling. This fantastic recipe, adapted for the Anyday from Smitten Kitchen’s One-Pan Farro with Tomatoes, is best enjoyed by itself, topped with a fried egg, or as a hearty side. Make sure to use pearled farro (see serving suggestion note) for a faster cooking time.

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The Medium Deep Dish


  • 1 cup (200g) pearled farro (see note)
  • cups (300 ml) water
  • ¼ cup (30g) medium diced yellow onion
  • ½ cup (75g) cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • lemon juice, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • parmesan, grated, to taste
  • basil, thinly sliced


  1. Combine farro, water, onion, tomatoes, olive oil, salt, and pepper in the Anyday dish. Cover with the lid (knob lifted).
  2. Cook in the microwave at Power Level 5tooltip for 18 minutes, or until farro is cooked through with a slight bite. Let rest for 5 minutes, allowing the farro to finish steaming evenly.
  3. Stir in lemon juice and butter. Garnish with a generous shower of parmesan cheese and basil.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • The type of farro you use here matters! Pearled farro has the husk and bran removed, giving it a milder flavor and faster cooking time. By contrast, semi-pearled and whole-grain farro will take longer to cook. If your farro package has a cooking time of 20 minutes or less, it’s likely to be pearled farro. 
  • Adjust the power level by 1 as needed — increase if it’s taking longer than expected, or decrease if it’s bubbling over. 
  • This recipe is inspired by one of our favorites from Smitten Kitchen. Thanks for this one-pot wonder, Deb!

Recipe notes

  • Freeze the farro in the 1/2 Cup Anytime Freezer Trays and reheat as needed.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

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