Farro Mac-n-Cheese with Spinach


I love this side dish! The farro holds the cheese sauce beautifully. This is healthy stick-to-your-ribs comfort food.

2 cups loose baby spinach
1 cup farro, rinsed
3 cups water
salt and pepper
garlic, minced (optional) I don’t use it if I am making it for my daughter:)

Cheese Sauce:
1 cup milk
2 T. butter
2 T. flour
salt and pepper
1/2 c. cheddar cheese
1/3 c. feta cheese

To make farro, boil water in a medium sauce pan. Add farro, then reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for about 20 minutes or until farro is tender. Drain water if necessary. Return farro to sauce pan and add spinach, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.

To make cheese sauce, melt butter in a small saucepan. Add flour and stir  until combine. Slowly pour milk into saucepan, constantly stirring with a whisk. Continue to stir until the sauce thickens and the mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low and stir in cheddar cheese and half of the feta cheese. Stir until cheese is melted.  Pour cheese sauce into farro and stir to combine. Add remaining feta cheese, salt, and pepper. Pour farro mixture into an 8×8 casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees or until the sauce begins to bubble a bit.

Serve warm with fruit and salad or along side burgers, brats, or a main meat like pork.


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