Creamy [Vegan] Farro & Tomatoes

I spent most of Saturday running errands and getting the house ready because my in-laws are coming on Thursday! I can’t wait to see them and I wanted to try getting the house in some sort of order. After 3 trips to Target, 2 stops at Bed Bath and Beyond, 2 visits to Marshalls, 1 stop at TJ Maxx, and 1 trip to World Market, the guest bedroom is in a much better place. (Expect a guest bedroom update with photos soon!)

So when Sunday morning rolled around, I was excited to just chill out in the kitchen. But yesterday, I was striking out. I tried making some protein pancakes with coconut flour and they just didn’t turn out the way I hoped. I had lots of other ideas for recipes where I was missing that one ingredient. I was dirtying dishes and using ingredients and nothing was coming together. I started getting hungry for lunch and decided to try another farro recipe. I loved this kale and pine nut faux risotto so I thought I’d try something similar but with a tomato base. I wanted to keep it vegan so I used nutritional yeast to give it a creamy, cheesy flavor without actually using any cream on cheese. Nutritional yeast has the added benefit of protein & b vitamins which can both be a little challenge for non-meat eaters to get. I typically get my “nooch” from the bulk bins at the grocery store but if you can’t find it there, you can order it online. (Bob’s Red MillΒ is on Amazon and it’s great!)

Luckily, I didn’t strike out with this one:

tomatos and farro

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Simmered Tomatoes & Farro
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 2
  • 1 cup dry farro
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 15 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1½ cups of tomato sauce (or marinara sauce)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp salt, to taste
  • ¼ cup pine nuts (optional)
  1. Add everything except the tomato sauce and the pine nuts into a large pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Let simmer for 10 minutes, then add in the tomato sauce.
  3. Simmer for another 20-30 minutes until the farro is cooked. (It should be a bit chewy but not crunchy.)
  4. Add salt to taste and top with pine nuts before serving.

I love that the nutritional yeast makes this super creamy! This totally hit the spot and it was nice to have a success after so many failed recipes.

tomato and farro risotto

In other news, I ran. Like actually ran. This hasn’t happened for… quite some time. Ever since I finished a half marathon in 2012 I haven’t really been in the mood to run, but the weather was so perfect I just went for it. Maybe it’ll become a regular in the workout rotation! We’ll see. This farro was a yummy way to refuel after logging a few miles!

Looking for something else to do with farro? Try this faux risotto recipe!

farro risotto

What food are you craving?


  1. Yum this looks amazing- I’d happily carbo load with this ;)! I’ve been craving fajitas so making some tonight with tofu instead of chicken!

  2. I’m very much craving a nice glass of prosecco! That’s really the only thing I miss when doing Whole 30.

  3. I love farro, but have never cooked with it myself. The last time I had it was at a Le Pain Quotidien (sp?) and it was a breakfast fruit/farro thing, similar to oatmeal.

    • Oh yum! I’ve never done alternate grains (like quinoa, buckwheat, farro, etc.) for breakfast but it sounds like a yummy way to start the day!

  4. This sounds SO amazing and comforting! I wish I could eat farro πŸ™

  5. Mmm! I’ve never cooked farro, but it sounds tasty! I’m currently craving chocolate. Or I was an hour ago. Craving (mostly) satisfied!

  6. That looks so good!! Have fun with your in-laws πŸ™‚


  7. Glad you had a win – this looks awesome. I love farro too. Pancakes can be so annoying. I made some truly bad ones with coconut flour the other day… Vegas ate half like a champ though. Hahaha!

  8. I would’ve needed a large coffee to get me through all those shopping stops! Kudos to you πŸ™‚

  9. Farro is one of those grains I have yet to try though I really like switching up grains. The combination of tomato sauce and nutritional yeast has been happening in variations for lunch a lot lately. Probably most often in the form of vegan chili with nutritional yeast-y polenta :). Needless to say your lunch sounds right up my alley.

  10. Mmmm this sounds delish! I’ve never tried nutritional yeast yet but of course been hearing wonderful things.. don’t know why I haven’t tried it. Plus I never had farro either, so this def needs to be made soon πŸ™‚


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