We make this several times a year. Even my 2 year old loves this. Typically I follow the recipe exactly but I never seem to have parsley, so will often leave that out. We learned to cook this a little as possible - so about 4-5 hours. Don't let it go all day long or else it does turn to mush. I also agree that the parmesan rind and then later grated parmesan is key to the whole dish. I never knew the difference between whole farro and partially cooked farro that another reviewer recommended....I think we always use the whole farro. We absolutely love the recipe and I am making it tonight.
For all who made this and found it mushy, you probably unknowingly used partially cooked dry farro, NOT whole farro. I had some "10min farro" in my pantry, and also some from Raley's, just labeled "Farro". I assumed this was whole farro and got everything put together. I then read the back of the farro pkg, which directed to cook for 10min. I knew then it was not WHOLE farro, and sure enough, in small print, was "partially cooked farro". I told my husband it was gonna be mush, and it was. Although the consistency was wrong, the flavors were GREAT. Most importantly, don't leave out the parmesan rind. If you left it out, and found this bland, that is the reason. It really gives the most incredible flavor. And make sure to get WHOLE farro (read the back- whole farro will have 30+min of boiling time in the directions). I also would do this on high for 4 hrs vs. the longer, lower setting if possible. I might add a bit less mushrooms next time as well.
My husband and I really liked this dish! I used a 6 quart crock pot. My package of boneless skinless chicken thighs had 5 thighs; I used them all (they were on the smaller side). They shredded up nicely - did not even have to remove them from the pot to shred. I did not have a piece of Parmesan rind so I left that part out. I also could not find leeks at our local store, so I used the whites of some green onions, an onion and garlic instead. My store also did not have cremini mushrooms, so I used all button mushrooms. Ours did not turn out soupy at all. It was probably just right moisture wise. The farro could have stood to cook 1 hour less perhaps, but it was still good for us. I will make it again. I probably would not make this for company, but for just the two of us to cook in the crock pot while we are out skiing - it will be perfect. Served with a side salad.
really good with some tweaks: added fresh minced garlic, a generous splash of wine…less broth (about 1.5 cups), extra bay leaf. cooked on high for only about 3.5 hours. perfect for a busy, cold night!
My entire family loved this! I used whole baby portobello mushrooms as we really like them and they are carried at an affordable cost at my local grocer. I found Italian pearled farro at my local natural foods store. I omitted the fresh parsley as a pretty presentation wasn't necessary. I agree with the other commentors that it wasn't as tantalizing as the picture but the myriad of flavors was outstanding! I cooked it on low for just about 7 hours and mine wasn't mushy as some said. This definitely goes into my recipe rotation!
I added a splash of white wine and a couple more bay leaves to this for extra flavor (after reading the comments). Also, as stated previously by others,there was too little faro and too much broth so I added extra cheese at the end and it made it less soupy and more like risotto. I served it with sauted spinach. Overall, it was a tasty dish in the end. I will make it again and next time add more faro.
This recipe was less than OK. I made this yesterday to have dinner ready to celebrate my birthday when I got home from work at 8 p.m. last night. The result was a pile of mush with very little flavor. We tried adding a little garlic oil but that made little improvement. Very disappointing.
I agree with the prior comments. Very tasty and flavorful, but the texture is mushy and without the parsley it's very unappealing. Probably not a repeater (and looks nothing like the picture).
It's in my crcok pot now...excited to try it
Made this for dinner. Super easy, creamy delicious goodness. Comfort food at it's best. You could very easily adjust the seasonings and additions to spice it up a bit if you'd like. I would give it 5 stars but for some reason it won't let me...