Farro with Shrimp, Bacon, Mushrooms and Spinach

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic holiday. We did. There was family, friends, laughter and food. Oh was there food. So. Much. Food. So much rich food that I decided today would be a good time to share something a little different than the food we’ve been munching on the past few days. Something perhaps a little lighter but still full of flavor. Enter this Farro with Shrimp, Bacon, Mushrooms and Spinach.

I bought a giant bag of farro at Costco and have been bound and determined to find many different ways to use it. So far I’ve had a couple successes including this Farro, Cranberry and Goat Cheese Salad and now this.

I have a little saying that I live by “All good things start with onions and garlic sauteed in a little bacon drippings.” This recipe is no exception. The wonderful flavor continues with hearty farro, tender shrimp, crispy bacon, earthy mushrooms, spinach and white wine.  It also gets a little kick from some crushed red pepper. Sounds pretty darn good right?

The Recipe

  • Serves 4 - 6
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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pearled farro
  • 6 slices thick cut bacon, diced into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 10 crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 pound prawns, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (you can subsitute chicken broth)
  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper

Instructions:

  1. Cook farro according to package directions. Drain.
  2. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a paper towel lined plate.
  3. Reserve 1 tablespoon bacon drippings. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Saute garlic, onions, oregano and crushed red pepper just until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in mushrooms. Cook 3 minutes or until softened slightly. Add prawns cook until opaque, about 3 minutes. Pour white wine over the top. Stir in spinach. Cook just until wilted, about a minute.
  4. Mix farro and bacon into the shrimp mixture. Mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve.

Enjoy!

  • http://theobsessivechef.blogspot.com StephenC

    You’ve done your job for the day – given me a direction to go in for tonight’s dinner. I think gnocchi will sub for the farro (I just don’t have any grain but rice) and I’ll be throwing in some arugula and definitely some shrimp. Happy New Year.

  • diana

    yum!

  • http://www.chinesecuisinefood.com Chinese Cuisine Food

    I’m inspired by the way you cook. Usually we local Chinese seldom cook shrimps with rice together.

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My name is Des. I’m a Mom to Kellan. Wife to Ryan. Dog mom to Pumpkin and lover of all things food. Whether it is cooking it, eating it, shopping for it or watching TV about it, food is one of my favorite things. Read more »

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