Hearty Farro with Tomatoes (One Pot Dish)

DSCF0004Thank you Smitten Kitchen for this delicious and easy recipe.  Smitten Kitchen does a far better job than me describing and photographing (plus inventing– or at least heavily borrowing and re-working) this recipe, but here are the bones of it for my own record (and this recipe is a keeper!).


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup semi-pearled farro
  • 1/2 large yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 9 ounces tomatoes
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (or less if you don’t want that zing)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • a few fresh basil leaves


  1. Soak farro in medium pot with water while preparing everything else.  As you prepare, add ingredients to the pot.
  2. Slice onion, garlic, tomatoes, and add salt and red pepper. Add oil. Mix. Turn burner on to high and set timer for 30 minutes. When the pot begins to boil, reduce to simmer.
  3. Stir it up (check for done-ness), sprinkle with fresh basil and serve.

This recipe makes enough for two as a meal or four as a side. For my WW friends, the whole pot is 12 points, so half is 6pts, and if you divide by four, 3pts. It’s super easy, filling, and tasty. Great for a weeknight.