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  • 1 bunches - Italian Flat-Leaf Parsley
  • 1/4 cups - Pecans, toasted
  • 1/4 cups - Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoons - Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons - Black Pepper
  • 1/4 cups - Olive Oil
  • 2 cups - Farro
  • 1 cups - Peas
  • 3 - Carrots, diced
  • 1 - Celery Root, diced
  • 1 - Parsnip, diced
  • 1/2 heads - Cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 2 tablespoons - Grapeseed Oil
  • 1 pounds - Porcini Mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 teaspoons - Butter
  • 1 - Shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons - Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cups - Chicken or Vegetable Stock
  • 1 teaspoons - Butter
  • 2 cups - Grape Tomatoes, halved
  • - Black Truffle Shavings, if desired
  • Directions:

    In the bowl of a food processor, combine Italian flat-leaf parsley, toasted pecans, Parmesan cheese, ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper. Turn on food processor and add ¼ cup olive oil in a slow, steady stream until a smooth pesto forms. Set pesto aside.

    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Place farro in a strainer and rinse. Add farro to boiling salted water and cook until tender, 15-20 minutes. Strain farro and set aside.

    Bring another large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat and fill a large bowl with ice water. In boiling water, blanch peas, carrots, parsnip, celery root, and cauliflower, transferring vegetables to ice water as you go. Drain vegetables and set aside.

    In a large sauté pan heat grapeseed oil over medium heat. Add sliced porcini mushrooms, 1 teaspoon butter and 1 shallot, minced, and cook, stirring often, until mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste and reserve.

    In a large sauté pan heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add blanched vegetables, farro and mushrooms and stir to combine. Add chicken or vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Add parsley-pecan pesto and 1 teaspoon butter. Cook, stirring, until everything is heated through, 1-2 minutes. Add halved grape tomatoes and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with black truffle shavings, if desired.

    Brief Description

    Farro is prepared like risotto

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    Category:  Pasta

    Cuisine:  Italian

    Prep Time: 45 min


    WSJ Off Duty, 3/2/2013, Chef Julian Niccolini, Four Seasons, Manhattan

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    March 2, 2013

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