Slow Cooker Beef and Farro

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Slow Cooker Beef & Farro Soup

An ancient grain that has fed populations for thousands of years, the tritium dicoccum, or farro, as we commonly know it, is a healthy grain that has climbed from the tables of the poor in the ancient Roman times to the kitchens of upscale restaurants in present times. It has a chewy texture after cooking, and it goes well a variety of dishes. Pull out your slow cooker and feed family and friends! Picky-eating kids will love this, too. We’ve tested it on two picky-eaters who asked for seconds!

Slow Cooker Beef and Farro

Here is a hearty and healthy family meal with beef, vegetables, and farro.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Universal
Keyword: Kid-Friendly, Slow Cooker
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 531kcal


  • 12 ounces beef cubes like shank, brisket, etc.
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 1 onion medium, minced
  • 1 cup farro dry
  • 4 cups vegetable broth organic, low sodium preferred
  • 1 potato big, cubed
  • 1 carrot big, cubed
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper divided


  • Over medium heat, in a medium saucepan with 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, sautè the onions for 1 minute.
  • Add the beef and cook for 3 minutes or until they color. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and half of the pepper.
  • Transfer all the contents of the saucepan to the slow cooker.
  • Add the farro, carrots, potatoes, vegetable broth, the remaining salt and pepper.
  • Set on high for 3 hours.
  • Before serving, drizzle with the remaining extra virgin olive oil.


Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 531kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 225mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 21g
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 18

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3 Comments on "Slow Cooker Beef and Farro"

  1. Beth  August 31, 2018

    How full should the crock be? The broth doesn’t cover all the meat and veg so I’m curious.

  2. Drea  April 10, 2020

    This recipe doesn’t even mention broth.

    • Erin Miller  April 10, 2020

      Hi Drea,

      The vegetable broth is added in step 4!


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