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Farro in a white bowl.

How to Cook Farro

All your healthy recipes are about to get a lot more interesting and delicious with this ancient whole grain. Learn how to cook farro perfectly and enjoy its wonderful nutty flavor in salads, soups, or all by itself as a simple side.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 10 servings (1/2 cup each)
Calories 126kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups farro
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • Salt


  • In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add farro and cook, stirring until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add water and salt to taste (I like 1 teaspoon) and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until farro is tender, about 15-18 minutes. Drain through a fine-mesh sieve, then spread farro out in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet to cool to room temperature.


  • 1 cup farro = 2 1/2 cups cooked
  • 2 cups farro = 5 cups cooked


Calories: 126kcal