Author Ashleigh Amoroso

Treat your tastebuds and feed your immune system with this crimini mushroom farro power-bowl.

Recipe courtesy of Ashleigh Amoroso (@ashleighamorso)

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  • ¼  cup olive oil, plus more as needed
  • ½ lemon
  • 4  medium leeks, white and light green parts, thinly sliced
  • 1  pound mix of mushrooms, crimini (about 5 cups)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ¾  cups pearled or semi-pearled farro or barley
  • 4  cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • ½  cup finely chopped chives (from about 1 bunch)
  • 1 bunch of broccolini
  • 1  tablespoon finely grated lemon zest, plus lemon wedges for squeezing
  • Labne and pomegranate seeds, for serving


  1. Preheat over to 425. In a large bowl toss the broccoli florets and minced garlic with olive oil and lemon juice until lightly coated. Sprinkle salt over the broccoli and toss to coat.
  2. Arrange the broccoli florets in a single layer on a baking sheet that has been rubbed with some olive oil or lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Roast for 16-20 minutes. Set aside. 
  3. Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add half the leeks and half the mushrooms, and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are browned and crisped, 12 to 15 minutes. (They will start giving off moisture and steaming a little before this happens.)
  4. Using a slotted spoon, transfer them to a medium bowl leaving any olive oil behind. (They will have absorbed the oil as they cook, and released it back as they crisp.) Add a bit more olive oil so there’s another 1/4 cup or so in the pot. Cook the remaining leeks and mushrooms, adding them to the bowl with the other mushrooms.
  5. Without wiping the pot, add farro and season with salt and pepper. Cook over that same medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until farro is toasted on the outside (it will go from pale golden brown to a toastier golden brown), about 5 minutes. Add broth and 2 cups water; season with salt and pepper.
  6. Bring to a strong simmer and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until farro is fully cooked and most (but not all) of the liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes. It should still look a bit loose, like risotto or a porridge. Remove from heat and add half the chives.
  7. Toss remaining chives and lemon zest together in a small bowl. To serve, season farro with salt and pepper and ladle into bowls. Top with mushrooms, broccolini, leeks, pomegranate seeds, and labne. Serve lemon wedges alongside for squeezing.

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