Slow Cooker Beef and Farro

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Keep this ancient grain in mind for a hearty, healthy meal!

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!

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Slow Cooker Beef and Farro

Here is a hearty and healthy family meal with beef, vegetables, and farro.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Yield 4 people
Serving Size 1.5 cups
Course Dinner
Cuisine Universal


  • 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.

Nutrition Information

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
Keywords Kid-Friendly, Slow Cooker

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Rowena Dumlao-Giardina

Rowena is a recipe developer and food & travel writer/photographer from Italy with Asian roots. Creating healthy dishes in her own kitchen is priority. She believes there is nothing more satisfying than knowing that her family is eating natural & nutritious meals.

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