Tuscan Hot Farro with Bacon and Gorgonzola

We’d never had farro before, or even heard of it, before we sat at a restaurant in Lucca, Italy. Osteria del Neni was the place that introduced us to this dish, and I am so grateful they did! Who knew this ancient grain was so delicious and nutty flavored and that once you add some salty bacon and the bite of Gorgonzola cheese this grain becomes an amazing dish!

 Tuscan Farro with Bacon and Gorgonzola

It was so delicious that I had to recreate it at home. While farro is a little difficult to find in the store, it is well worth the search! Specialty stores like Whole Foods have it as well as on Amazon.com

I serve this as a starter, a side, and sometimes when it is just the two of us, this is a main dish too! It is super easy but so flavorful it will impress any group of guests! Buon Appetito!!

Tuscan Hot Farro with Bacon and Gorgonzola

Serves: 8

Ingredients:

2 cups farro
4 quarts water
6 strips bacon, cooked crispy
4 – 8 ounces Gorgonzola, crumbled
  fresh ground pepper, to taste 
  salt

Farro Ingredients

Directions:

Rinse farro under cold running water. 

Boil the water in a 6-quart pot. After water is boiling, salt well. Add farro, stir and get water to a steady simmer. Partially cover the pot and cook 30 to 45 minutes, or until tender. Drain.

While farro is cooking, cook and crumble bacon.

Mixing Farro Gorgonzola and Bacon

After farro is drained, mix in bacon, Gorgonzola and pepper. Gorgonzola should be melting. 

Lay some shredded endive or mixed greens on a plate and place a large spoonful of farro mixture on top. 

Serve hot.

Farro with Gorgonzola and Bacon

 NOTES:

Depending on how much of a kick from the Gorgonzola you want, add 4 – 8 ounces of cheese to the mixture. I prefer a lighter flavor to not over power the flavor of the bacon or nuttiness of the farro.

Tuscan Hot Farro with Bacon and Gorgonzola
Serves 8
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups farro
  2. 4 quarts water
  3. 6 strips bacon, cooked crispy
  4. 4 ounces Gorgonzola (or more if you want it really cheesy)
  5. fresh ground pepper, to taste
  6. salt
Instructions
  1. Rinse farro under cold running water.
  2. Boil the water in a 6-quart pot. After water is boiling, salt well. Add farro, stir and get water to a steady simmer. Partially cover the pot and cook 30 to 45 minutes, or until tender. Drain.
  3. While farro is cooking, cook and crumble bacon.
  4. After farro is drained, mix in bacon, Gorgonzola and pepper.Gorgonzola should be melting.
  5. Lay some shredded endive or mixed greens on a plate and place a large spoonful of farro mixture on top.
  6. Serve hot.
Notes
  1. Depending on how much of a kick from the Gorgonzola you want, add 4 - 8 ounces of cheese to the mixture. I prefer a lighter flavor to not over power the flavor of the bacon or nuttiness of the farro.
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