Farrotto with Pancetta, Asparagus, and Peas
Why This Recipe Works
The biggest challenge to making a satisfying farrotto is having it achieve the proper texture. We found that cracking about half the farro in a blender was the key to freeing enough starch from the grains to create a creamy, risotto-like consistency. Adding most of the liquid up front and cooking the farrotto in a lidded Dutch oven helps the grains cook evenly and means we didn’t have to stir constantly—just twice before stirring in the flavorings. We created variations with vegetables, which turn this simple side into a satisfying main course.