quick cooking farro with mushrooms

Farro with Mushrooms and Spinach

 This recipe comes to us from Chef Diane Brown, creator of the Family Farm Box. And although her primary focus is on preparing CSA-based family meals, Diane is no stranger to the world of aphrodisiacs. She’s also the author of The Seduction Cookbook Farro with Mushrooms and Spinach 1and the creator of our romantic menu section, Diva Dish.

Comments Diane on this recipe, “Suppose you were at a cocktail party, and you had to answer an ice-breaker question about what vegetable would be your boyfriend? Mine would be a mushroom. So down to earth, exotic, sensual…but back to topic:

ingredients for Diane Brown's farro with mushroomsHave you noticed all of this talk about vitamin D deficiency? It seems as though everyone is being prescribed a supplement, but when I had a conversation with my physician about it, I told her I get plenty of sunshine, no supplement, thank you. I learned an interesting thing: you have to have vitamin D in your body to for the sunshine to wake it up, your body doesn’t just naturally produce it. Good news is that mushrooms are one of the only items on the produce aisle rich in vitamin D. Great news for me and long walks on the sunny fall beach with my vegetable boyfriend.”

We also love the fact that she’s combine the seductive powers of mushrooms with the libido-boosting powers of farro. Farro is an ancient grain. In fact, some historians believe that it is the oldest of all grains. And it happens to be a grain high in protein, B vitamins and fiber, which are all key to looking and feeling your most sexy.

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quick cooking farro with mushrooms
Farro with Mushrooms and Spinach
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

This simple recipe makes a one-pot, vegetarian main course with the ancient grain, farro as the base and mushrooms as the star. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Farro
Cooking Style: Easy, fast, vegan, Vegetarian
Diet and Health: Healthy, low fat
Seasonal: autumn, spring, winter
Ingredient: farro
Servings: 4 servings
Created by: Diane Brown
  • 8 ounces quick cooking farro
  • 2 leaves dried bay
  • olive oil salt & pepper
  • 8 ounces brown cremini mushrooms cleaned, stems removed, sliced
  • 1 shallot sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 ounces of baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Pour the farro and bay leaves into the boiling water, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. When farro is cooked to al dente, drain in a colander. Place farro in a large mixing bowl, remove bay leaf, and put aside to cool.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and drizzle enough olive oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan. Add the mushrooms and cook, undisturbed, for about 3 minutes, until golden, then stir to turn and continue to cook for another 3 to 5 minutes, until juices release and mushrooms are completely brown. Season with salt and pepper and add to the farro. Drizzle a bit more olive oil in the pan and add the shallots and garlic. Cook for another few minutes, then add in the spinach and parsley, cooking just to wilt. Season with the vegetables with salt and pepper, then add the vegetables to the farro mixture. Stir everything together and taste for seasoning, adding additional olive oil, salt and pepper if needed.
  3. Serve farro warm, at room temperature or cold.


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