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Creamy Crab and Mushroom Farro

This creamy crab and mushroom farro recipe is rich, flavorful and loaded with vegetables like arugula and mushrooms combined with tender farro.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4
Calories: 464kcal


  • Wide pot
  • Large pot
  • Sieve


  • 1 cup farro
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 leek trimmed, rinsed, and sliced into rounds
  • 12 ounces cremini mushrooms sliced
  • 1 red Fresno chili pepper trimmed and minced (or use crushed red pepper)
  • 5 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock plus more, if needed
  • cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup flat-leaf parsley minced; a pinch reserved for garnish
  • 5 ounces arugula
  • 16 ounces jumbo lump crab meat
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Cook the Farro:

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the farro and boil for 30 minutes until tender. Drain and rinse and set aside.

Cook the Vegetables:

  • Melt the butter into a wide pot over medium heat. Add the leeks and mushrooms and cook for 8-9 minutes until the mushrooms are golden brown. Add the garlic and minced chili pepper and cook for 45 seconds until fragrant. Season with salt and pepper.

Simmer the Sauce:

  • Pour in the stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes until reduced.

Finish the Sauce:

  • Pour in the cream and turn the heat to medium until bubbling, but not boiling. Cook for 5-7 minutes more until the cream is thickened. If you'd like a thinner sauce, add more stock as desired, in 1/4 cup increments.
  • Add the arugula and crab and cook for 5 minutes until the arugula is just wilted. Add the farro and stir to combine. Cook for 3-5 minutes more until the cream is thickened. Taste and season again to your preferences.

To Serve:

  • Divide the farro between shallow bowls and garnish with parsley and a drizzle of oil, if desired. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt, optional. Enjoy!


Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 18g | Sodium: 1059mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 27mg
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