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Farro with Leeks and Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

January  7, 2013
Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

Hearty, flavorful, and full of chew, this is my kind of grain dish. Savory leeks are balanced by the slight sweetness of balsamic vinegar and roasted Brussels sprouts. Serve this dish with a light salad and a glass of red wine for a simple, nourishing winter dinner. —Gena Hamshaw

  • Serves 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 pound brussels sprouts, bottom stems trimmed off and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, divided
  • 1 1/4 cups dried farro
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 large leek, dark green part removed, halved and sliced thinly crosswise
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
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Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375. Toss the Brussels sprouts with one tablespoon each olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Arrange sprouts on a foil lined baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for approximately 30 minutes, or until they're browning slightly.
  2. Heat remaining tablespoon olive oil in a medium sized pot. Saute leeks for 8 minutes, or until translucent. Add farro and toast for a minute or two, stirring frequently.
  3. Add vegetable broth to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Cover the farro with the lid slightly ajar. Let simmer until all liquid has been absorbed, approximately 25-30 minutes.
  4. Stir in the brussels sprouts, the dijon mustard, the rosemary, and a little extra balsamic vinegar if you like things tart. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve.

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Gena Hamshaw is a certified nutritionist, recipe developer, and food blogger. She shares her latest culinary adventures at The Full Helping. She's the author of two cookbooks, Food52 Vegan (2015) and Choosing Raw (2014). She enjoys yoga, sweet potatoes, cashews, and things that are smothered in sauce.