Holiday Worthy Farro and Asparagus Pilaf

Do you sense the holidays approaching?

If you’re the cook in the family, I’ll bet you’ve already started planning the menu. What’s more, if you’re anything like me, the hunt for holiday worthy side dishes is on.

Farro and Asparagus Pilaf

Farro and Asparagus Pilaf

Our family has more than one good cook, so the competition to come up with a dish that’s never been done before is fierce.

This year I’ve decided I’m going to be the Side Dish Queen. My contributions will be unique and innovative, like this farro and asparagus pilaf.

Farro and Asparagus Pilaf

Farro and Asparagus Pilaf

Having used farro in a Mediterranean salad in the past, I knew it would be a nice change from brown rice in this easy pilaf recipe.

The asparagus was definitely a colorful, holiday-like addition, and with only six ingredients to deal with, my side dish was on the table in under 30 minutes.

Farro and Asparagus Pilaf

Farro and Asparagus Pilaf

The combination of farro, asparagus and grilled cod was a hit, but would it work with a roasted turkey, and will it make me the Queen of Side Dish Recipes?

Time will tell!

Farro and Asparagus
Shake It Up! You can switch out farro with quick cooking barley or brown rice. Broccoli chopped into small pieces could replace the asparagus during the months when asparagus is quite expensive.
  • 3 cups Trader Joe's 10 minute farro, cooked according to package directions
  • ½ medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups asparagus spears, chopped (thinner stalks)
  • ½ large lemon , juiced
  • 1 cup parsley, finely chopped
  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add oil and onion. Cook for 3 - 5 minutes to soften.
  3. Add asparagus and cook another 3 - 5 minutes until asparagus is crisp-tender.
  4. Add farro, lemon and parsley. Cook another 2 - 3 minutes to warm through.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Calories: 304kcal
Weight Watchers PointsPlus 8
Saturated fatty acids: 0.51g
Monounsaturated fatty acids: 2.49g
Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 0.40g
Total fat: 4.89g
Calories from fat: 44
Cholesterol: --
Carbohydrate, by difference: 56.42g
Total dietary fiber: 9.28g
Protein: 12.28g
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8

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  1. says

    An awesome pilaf, Kristi. I haven’t had farro in such a long time…well, trying to cut down the carbs…so difficult for me as I have always enjoyed bread, and side dishes like this. The grilled cod looks terrific too.

    • says

      I’m a bread, potato and chip lover myself, so I know how tough it can be to cut back on carbs. It’s a good plan though, considering the holidays will be here before we know it!

  2. Buttoni says

    This sounds and looks delicious, Kristi. I’ve just recently begun to experiment with Einkorn wheat, the only other non-genetically modified wheat. I’ve been planning to get my hands on some Emmer as well. Sadly we don’t have a Trader Joes where I live, but they have recently moved into Texas and are only 1 hr. away in Austin. May even be able to order it on-line if need be. I really look forward to trying this! and you’ve thrown together the precise ingredients that I would. Can’t wait to TRY this!

    • says

      I’ve not seen this wheat in my store. Now I have to go on the hunt. I love trying new foods! If you try the recipe, be sure and let me know how it turns out for you. Have a terrific weekend!

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