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white dish with farro, English peas, asparagus and spinach with lemon and a white towel.

Farro with Burrata and Three Green Vegetables

A fresh-tasting dish that works as a side or a great weeknight main dish. Fabulous with Foolproof Chicken!
Course meatless, Side Dish, vegetarian
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 sides


  • 1 bag farro I use Trader Joe's 10 Minute Farro
  • 3 cup chicken broth
  • 2 ½ T olive oil divided
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 1 cup fresh English peas
  • lb fresh asparagus
  • 8 oz bag of fresh spinach
  • 2 tsp minced garlic or more
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1-2 balls fresh burrata
  • dewdrop peppers as a garnish not pictured; optional
  • kosher salt and pepper


  • Assemble all of your ingredients ('mise en place' as chefs say) because you'll be working very quickly.
  • Bring chicken broth to a boil and add farro. Simmer on low for 10 minutes and drain excess broth.
  • While farro is cooking, heat 1 T of olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Once it's shimmering, add chopped onion. Season with salt and pepper. Saute onion until translucent and lightly browned about 5 minutes. Remove the onion from the pan and set aside.
  • If everyone in your house likes all the remaining vegetables, heat 1 more tablespoon of olive oil in the same pan. Once it's heated per above, add the peas and asparagus. Season with salt and pepper. Saute for about 3 minutes until both are bright green. You want the peas al dente.
  • If needed, add another tablespoon of olive oil along with the reserved onions, spinach, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Saute very quickly for about 30 seconds. You don't want the garlic to burn and the spinach will break down very quickly.
  • Squeeze the lemon juice over top of the vegetables and cook for a few seconds. Turn off the heat. Taste for seasoning.

Assembling the Farro

  • Put the farro in a large shallow bowl. Top with the vegetables and add a ball of burrata in the center. Make two slits crosswise in the burrata and open a bit so everyone can spoon some into their serving. Alternatively, toss the opened burrata over the farro and then top with the vegetables.


  • I love adding those baby dewdrop cherry peppers for a burst of color on top and a little heat.
  • Awesome as a main course with Foolproof Chicken