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Roasted Acorn Squash Farrotto

Roasted Acorn Squash Farrotto with Mushrooms, Gruyère, and Gremolata

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Chef Taylor gives hearty whole-grain farro the risotto treatment in this luxurious late-winter dish, toasting the grains in butter and then simmering until creamy. The farro, earthy roasted mushrooms, and roasted acorn squash call for an intensely nutty cheese, so she adds plenty of grated Gruyère. Swirl in a tangy green gremolata—a chopped condiment of parsley, chives, lemon, and garlic—for brightness.

  • Vegetarian
Serving size
2servings
Prep & cook time
minutes
Cooking Skill
medium
  • Calories 690
  • Protein 24g
  • Total Carb 88g
  • Total Fat 28g

Given the cook-at-home nature of Plated and natural variation in ingredients, nutritional information is approximated. See details.

Ingredients & Equipment

What we send

  • vegetable stock
    • 8 ounces
    • vegetable stock
  • acorn squash
    • 1
    • acorn squash
  • cremini mushrooms
    • 6 ounces
    • cremini mushrooms
  • dinosaur kale
    • 4 ounces
    • dinosaur kale
  • yellow onion
    • 1
    • yellow onion
  • garlic
    • 3 cloves
    • garlic
  • unsalted butter
    • 3 packets
    • unsalted butter
  • farro
    • 3/4 cup
    • farro
  • white wine
    • 1/4 cup
    • white wine
  • chives
    • 1/4 ounce
    • chives
  • parsley
    • 1/4 ounce
    • parsley
  • lemon
    • 1
    • lemon
  • shredded Gruyère cheese
    • 2 ounces
    • shredded Gruyère cheese

What You’ll Need

  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 6" small pot with lid
  • baking sheet
  • 8" medium pot
  • zester (optional)

Cooking Steps

  1. Prepare ingredients

    Prepare ingredients

    Preheat oven to 450°F. In a small pot, combine vegetable stock and ¼ cup water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Then, remove from heat and cover to keep warm until Step 4. Halve squash lengthwise. Using a large spoon, scoop out and discard seeds. Cut crosswise into ½-inch half-moons, then cut into ½-inch pieces. Wipe mushrooms clean with a damp paper towel and cut into ¼-inch slices.

  2. Roast squash and mushrooms

    Roast squash and mushrooms

    On a baking sheet, toss squash and mushrooms with 1 tablespoon olive oil, ¼ teaspoon salt, and pepper as desired. Arrange in a single layer and roast until crispy, 18-20 minutes. Meanwhile, rinse remaining produce. Pat kale dry with a paper towel, then thinly slice crosswise, discarding stems. Peel onion, halve, and cut into small dice. Mince garlic.

  3. Sauté aromatics and toast farro

    Sauté aromatics and toast farro

    Heat 2 packets butter in a medium pot over medium-high heat. When butter is foamy, add onion and half of garlic and sauté, stirring, until softened, 3-4 minutes. Add farro and cook, stirring, until toasted, 2-3 minutes (toasting the farro adds a delicious nutty flavor and prevents it from absorbing liquid too quickly).

  4. Simmer farro

    Simmer farro

    Stir wine into toasted farro and simmer until mostly absorbed, 1 minute. Add warmed stock and water and season with ½ teaspoon salt. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until liquid is absorbed and farro is tender, 13-15 minutes. Add kale and stir to wilt.

  5. Make gremolata

    Make gremolata

    While farro simmers, thinly slice chives. Finely chop parsley leaves, discarding stems. If you have a zester on hand and want to infuse your gremolata with even more flavor, rinse lemon and zest up to ½. Halve lemon. In a small bowl, stir together chives, parsley, lemon zest (if using), juice of ½ lemon, remaining garlic, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and ¼ teaspoon salt (use remaining lemon to brighten a glass of water).

  6. Plate acorn squash farrotto

    Plate acorn squash farrotto

    Add Gruyère, roasted squash and mushrooms, and remaining butter to pot with farro and stir to combine. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired. Divide acorn squash farrotto between serving bowls. Dollop over gremolata, then swirl in with the back of a spoon. Dig in!

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