Last week, I made a delicious Tuscan Farro and Bean soup at the market. Tonight, I played with some similar ingredients and turned them into a delightful side dish that can also serve as a meatless main dish – Farro with White Beans and Chard.
Farro is an Italian whole grain, commonly called “spelt” or “spelt berries” in the States. It is an ancient cultivated wheat, rich in vitamins and minerals. I was able to buy it in bulk at my local health food store. It cooks like pasta and its chewy texture makes this dish hearty and satisfying.
For the white beans, I use cannellini beans, which are rich and creamy in texture. Dark, leafy chard (at your farmers’ market now!) adds color, flavor, and nutrition. This recipe is a winner. Enjoy!