Cook's Hideout: Cheesy Baked Farro

December 06, 2014

Cheesy Baked Farro

I am a sucker for cheese and keep buying different types of cheeses every time I go to specialty grocery stores. My son just started going taking a weekly class that is right next to Trader Joes and it is not helping anyone. I find myself walking through the aisles of Trader Joes every week looking at just about everything they have in the store and sometimes picking up random stuff that I don't really want or need.
I recently picked up some Gruyere & fontina cheeses from TJs. Cheeses there are a little reasonably priced when compared to other overpriced grocery stores and they also have a huge selection there.
Cheesy Baked Farro

I saw this cheesy Farro recipe being made by Giada on Food Network and I wanted to make it right away. It looked simple to make and sounded cheesy and delicious.
It sure was cheesy but the dish was a little bland to my taste. Next time I would probably add some veggies and some more herbs to bump up the flavor. I think sauteed onions and mushrooms or sauteed spinach would be a great addition here.
Cheesy Baked Farro
Farro - 1cup
Unsalted butter - 2tbsp
All purpose Flour - 2tbsp
Milk - 1cup
Gruyere Cheese - ½cup, grated
Fontina cheese - 2tbsp
Breadcrumbs - 3tbsp
Thyme - 1tsp, chopped
Salt & Pepper - to taste
Parsley - 2tbsp, finely chopped

  • Combine farro with 3cups of water. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to low, cover and cook till the farro is tender, about 25 minutes.
  • In the meantime, melt butter in a saucepan. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, till the flour doesn't smell raw anymore, about 3~4 minutes.
  • Whisk in milk and cook till the mixture thickens and is smooth without any lumps, about 5~7 minutes. Set aside to cool for a minute.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine all of the Gruyere cheese, 1tbsp Fontina, cooked farro and the cream sauce. Mix well and transfer into a lightly greased baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining fontina cheese and the breadcrumbs on the top, drizzle some olive oil on top. Bake for 30~40 minutes or until the top is browned and a nice crust is formed.
  • Set aside for 5 minutes, sprinkle fresh chopped parsley just before serving.
Cheesy Baked Farro
Linking this to Valli's 'Cooking from Cookbook Challenge: December -- Week 1'.


  1. Cheesy farro looks very tempting :)

  2. you used two great cheeses that I liked and what a great use of farro - I am definitely going to try a version of this dish

  3. Though bland, it looks delicious.

  4. I had to check Farro first :D This sounds delicious and I love the flavours. Do you think regular wheat will work?

  5. Wow pavania, what a delicious dish!..

  6. Your pictures look delicious & cheesy. Loving it, Pavani :)


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