Yellow bean and farro with fennel, pecorino and radicchio

Yellow bean and farro with fennel, pecorino and radicchio

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The Tivoli Road Baker
Serves
8 as a substantial lunch; 12 or more as part of a larger meal
Photographer
Bonnie Savage and Alan Benson

The term ‘farro’ refers to spelt, emmer and einkorn grains, all types of wheat that cannot be threshed. Ours is a beautiful biodynamically grown grain produced by our friends at Mount Zero in the Wimmera, in the west of Victoria. This dish keeps the contrasting elements simple, really highlighting the nutty beauty of the grain.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
250g farro
1kg yellow beans, tops trimmed
40 ml + 75 ml extra virgin olive oil
1/2 radicchio, washed and roughly chopped into 1cm slices
1 large fennel, thinly shaved on a mandolin
2 handfuls baby spinach, washed
75g sunflower seeds
1/2 bunch oregano, washed, leaves picked and roughly chopped
juice and zest of 1 lemon
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
75g pecorino, shaved
1/2 teaspoon dried chilli flakes

Method

  1. Put the farro in a large saucepan and cover with 1.5 litres (51 floz/6 cups) cold water. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes, until tender. Strain and set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat a large griddle pan or barbecue chargrill until very hot. Toss the beans in 40 ml (1¼ floz) oil until they’re well coated, and season lightly with salt and pepper.
  3. Lay the beans in an even layer on the griddle pan and cook for 3 minutes, turning occasionally so that all sides of the beans are nicely chargrilled and they still have some crunch. Remove them from the griddle and spread them out on a tray to cool.
  4. Combine the beans, farro, radicchio, fennel, onion, spinach, sunflower seeds, herbs, lemon juice and zest and remaining olive oil in a large mixing bowl and toss, making sure the dressing coats everything well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Gently toss most of the pecorino through the salad and transfer it to a serving dish, or divide it between bowls if serving separately. Sprinkle the salad with the chilli flakes and the remaining pecorino before serving.
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