RSS Feed

Spicy Tomatoey Farro

Posted on

I had planned on going to the market last night and picking up some pork chops to grill, but the day got away from me – as did my motivation to drive anywhere. I was still craving meat and I remembered a spicy sausage that I had stowed away in the freezer a couple weeks ago. I also had some Campari tomatoes that only had a few days left in them before they started to get too soft, and some leftover kale that was beginning to look wilty. This may sound unappetizing, but it all came together deliciously with some garlic, shallots and of course, farro.

farro

Spicy Farro with Tomatoes and Sausage (serves 2-4)

  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 large spicy sausage, casing removed
  • 8 Campari tomatoes, cut into eighths
  • 2-3 TB tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup farro
  • 1 bunch of kale, stems removed
  • 1 tsp salt-free Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese and basil, for garnish

In a large, deep skillet heat the olive oil over a medium-high flame. Once hot, add garlic and smash with the back of a wooden spoon. Add red pepper flakes and shallots and saute for three minutes over medium heat. Add the sausage and saute until browned – about five minutes.

skillet

Add the tomatoes and their juices and cook over medium-low heat until the liquids begin to release – about 10 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of water and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, adding water by the 1/2 cup full every 10 minutes. Add a tablespoon of tomato paste each time you add the water to the skillet. Season with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning and taste to adjust. Partially cover the skillet and continue to simmer.

While the skillet is partially covered, add 2 cups of water and farro in another pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower heat to medium and continue to cook for about 15 minutes, or until al dente. There should be a little water left in the pot, but just add the farro with the remaining water to the skillet with the tomato sauce and stir to combine. Increase the heat only slightly and continue to cook uncovered.

sauce

In the same pot that the farro was cooked in, boil 2 more cups of water. Add kale and par-boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the pot with tongs and chop into smaller pieces. Add to the skillet and stir to combine. Serve immediately in shallow pasta bowls with Parmesan and basil.

I was a Sober Sally last night, but if I were going to serve this with wine I would pour some Chianti. This light Tuscan wine would pair well with the spicy Italian flavors in the dish, and bring out the sweetness in the tomatoes. I’m looking forward to tasting some Chianti directly from the source when I visit Tuscany this summer!

About Kelsey

Kelsey is a food and wine lover residing in Napa, California, where she does marketing for a boutique wine collective. She previously lived in San Francisco for over six years, where her blogging journey began. She loves to cook seasonal meals and experiment with new wine pairings. She has been drinking and learning about wine with her father since she was 14, and cooking in the kitchen with her mother since she was 6. Both of her parents taught her well about seasoning and flavors, and she continues to learn more with every meal that is made.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Candid with a Corkscrew

A Sommelier's Misadventures Abroad

Fit Brit

Fitness & Life Chronicals

shady morels

honest food

thewinelifestyle

So close to wine

Homemade with Mess

who wants life to be tidy when you can have more fun making a mess??!

marina girl eats

Technical Cooking Skills for an Unconventional Cooking Life

The Crafty Cook Nook

Preserving Food, Stories, and Place

Lacy Travels

Feed Your Travel & Inspiration Bug

What's in the glass tonight

I love New Zealand wine

Linda in the Kitchen

seasonal eats & healthy treats, made with Love.

Winelandia

Natural & organic wine in the San Francisco Bay Area

That Great Little Spot

discoveries of the millennial traveler: a writer, photographer, beach bum, adventure junkie and street food connoisseur

fromditchplainstolevanto

favorites from around the globe

The Wine Wankers

G’day, you’re at the best wine blog ever! We're all about wine; without the wankery.

%d bloggers like this: