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Farro with Asparagus

Asparagus sliced and sautéed with garlic and shallots and mixed with farro is a nutritious side. Finish with lemon juice and parsley. Try serving with Petite Filet or Venison Loin with Pommery Mustard Cream Sauce.


  • 3/4 cup pearled farro
  • Salt
  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 bundle asparagus, tough ends trimmed
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 lemon
  • 3-4 tablespoons tarragon or parsley, chopped
  • Pepper


Rinse the farro and bring 6-7 cups of water to a boil. Salt the water, then add the farro and cook to tender, 20-25 minutes; drain.

Thinly slice the asparagus. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil, two turns of the pan, and lightly brown the asparagus for 3-5 minutes. Add the shallots and garlic and toss for 2-3 minutes more. Add the farro to the pan and combine; remove from the heat and dress with the lemon juice, herbs and more olive oil to coat, about 2 tablespoons. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

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Rachael Ray