One-Pan Farro with Tomatoes

One-Pan Farro with Tomatoes

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This One-Pan Farro with Tomatoes is one of my favorite new dishes. It’s vegan and takes only 10 minutes to prep before putting it on the stove and walking away!

Seriously – you just toss farro, water, tomatoes, onion, and some spices together, bring it to a boil, reduce it to a simmer, and set your timer to let you know when it should be done. Healthy dinner for two could hardly be easier.

farro with tomatoes, ingredients (including tomatoes and onions) in a pot

I’ve made this farro with tomatoes (originally from Smitten Kitchen) several times already since I first tried it. It’s easy enough to do with a toddler playing at your feet, or sitting on the counter watching you. It’s ready after 30 minutes of hands-off cooking. It smells amazing by the time it’s done, more amazing than you think anything with this few ingredients can be.

Ingredients – it works with barley and wheat berries as well, although you will need additional cooking time – cook it for as long as your package of grain says you need. (Wheat berries do not become as soft as the farro does).

Use cherry or grape tomatoes here. The one time I tried regular tomatoes, the dish was not very flavorful.

one-pot farro with tomatoes, in a bowl, garnished with parsley

This will serve two and a toddler as a vegetarian meal, or more as a side dish.

Want other quick and easy, vegetarian dinners? Try Sesame Noodles, Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas with Tahini Sauce, Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew, Slow Cooker Bean and Barley Soup, or Chickpeas with Spinach.

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farro with tomatoes, in a bowl, garnished with parsley
One-Pan Farro with Tomatoes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins

One-Pan Farro with Tomatoes is hands-off after it comes to a boil. A delicious, easy, and healthy meal for two that happens to be vegan!

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: farro, farro with tomatoes, one-pan, one-pot, tomatoes
Servings: 2 people (as a main dish)
Author: Leona Konkel
  • 1 cup farro
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 9 ounces grape tomatoes (just under 1 pint, although I often toss all of them in) (don't use larger tomatoes, it won't taste as good)
  • 5/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (you can use up to 1/4 teaspoon, 1/8 is spicy enough for us)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Basil leaves (cut into ribbons (optional)) (parsley works fine too)
  • Grated parmesan (optional)
  1. Place water and farro in a pan to soak while you slice other ingredients. Slice onion into thin slivers. Mince or slice garlic. Cut tomatoes into halves or quarters. Add vegetables, salt, red pepper flakes, and olive oil to pan. Bring pot to a boil, then reduce heat to maintain a simmer.
  2. Cook for about 30 minutes (or however long your package of farro says to cook it). Farro will be tender but a little chewy. If the cooking water isn't completely absorbed, you can cook it another 5-10 minutes without problems. Top with basil and parmesan if desired, but I don't think it's necessary.
Recipe Notes

Cooking time may vary depending on how long your farro says it will take to cook.

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

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(Updated with new photos in August 2018.)

2 thoughts on “One-Pan Farro with Tomatoes”

  • 5 stars
    I made this and the whole family loved it. I used basil because thst is what I had and it was delicious!

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it! I think you can make it with barley too, although I haven’t tried it that way yet.

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