Bacon and Egg Farro Risotto

Makes 2-4 servings


4 slices bacon, cut into lardons

1/2 small yellow onion, chopped

3/4 cup farro, soaked for 8 hours and then drained

2 tablespoons dry white wine

2 cups chicken stock

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

2 cups arugula leaves

Salt and pepper to taste

2-4 poached or fried eggs


Cook the bacon in a large skillet heated over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove the bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon and drain on towels. Add the onion to the pan and cook in the bacon fat until it has softened, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the chicken stock in a sauce pot until it is simmering.


Add the farro and white wine to the skillet with the onion, stir to combine. Add the heated chicken stock to the pan a half cup at a time until the stock is mostly absorbed between additions. Stir often until the farro is tender and suspended in a thick, creamy liquid. Add the Parmesan and butter to the pan and stir well to combine. Stir in the arugula and remove the pan from the heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


Serve the risotto warm topped with a fried or poached egg.

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