WW Recipe of the Day: Slow Cooker Farro with Parmesan, Cherry Tomatoes and Basil
Have you ever tried farro?
According to the package that has been sitting around my pantry for months, it's one of the oldest cultivated grains. Originally grown in the fertile crescent of the middle east, farro became the primary grain of the Roman Empire and is now mostly grown in Italy.
A relative of wheat, it's a healthy whole grain with a warm, nutty flavor and chewy texture, that reminds me of barley.
When I saw this simple recipe for farro with cherry tomatoes, basil and Parmesan cheese in The Italian Slow Cooker (affiliate link), I was curious to test it out.
Skinny on Slow Cooked Farro with Cherry Tomatoes
Flavorful, like a slightly more chewy risotto, this farro with cherry tomatoes, basil and Parmesan would make a tasty side dish. We enjoyed it as a vegetarian main dish with our favorite green salad at the moment.
How Many Calories and WW Points in this Vegetarian Farro?
According to my calculations, each serving has 251 calories and:
6 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
6 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
2 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
6 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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If you skip the oil and Parmesan or use fat free cheese this will work with Weight Watchers Simply Filling Technique.
You should be able to find farro at Italian markets or health food stores. I picked mine up at Sprouts Market here in Phoenix. Enjoy!
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Slow Cooker Farro with Cherry Tomatoes, Basil and Parmesan
- 1 cup finely chopped onion
- 2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered if large
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups whole-grain or pearled faro, rinsed and picked over
- 1-½ teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ cup chopped fresh basil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Ideal Slow Cooker Size: 4-Quart.
- Place the onion in a microwave save bowl and microwave until softened, 3 to 4 minutes.
- Place the onion, tomatoes, water, farro and salt in the slow cooker and stir well to combine.
- Cover and cook on HIGH for 1-½ to 2-½ hours, or until the farro is tender and the liquid is absorbed.
- Stir in the olive oil, Parmesan cheese, basil and salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve hot garnished with more basil and Parmesan if desired.
Recipe source: slightly adapted from The Italian Slow Cooker (affiliate link) by Michele Scicolone
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
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Hello--this looks delicious ..what can I sub for farro if I can not find it here ?? I already have wheatberries and pearl barley ..would either of those work ???
Hi Doris, I've never cooked with wheatberries so I'm not sure about them. But I think pearl barley would work well.Let us know how it turns out!!