Farro Spaghetti with Buttery Tomato Sauce and Farm Spinach

Spaghetti made from an ancient grain highlights this nutritious meal.


  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound farro spaghetti or whole wheat spaghetti
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 1 can San Marzano tomatoes (28-32 ounces)
  • 1 bunch  farm-fresh spinach, coarsely chopped (about 4 cups)
  • A few grates nutmeg
  • Freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese, for topping


Bring a largo pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook until just shy of al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the starchy cooking water.

In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat until foaming. Stir in the shallot and garlic for 2-3 minutes, then stir in the sherry. Stir in the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper; lightly crush the tomatoes with a potato masher. Bring the sauce to a bubble, lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Add the spinach to the sauce to wilt, then stir in the nutmeg. Add the pasta and reserved pasta water and turn with tongs to combine with the spinach and sauce. Serve in shallow bowls and top with the Pecorino Romano cheese.

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