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Farro with Chipotle Glazed Squash, Kale and Toasted Pepitas

Author - Serena Wolf
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yields: 6 -8 servings


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large lime juiced
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers canned in adobo
  • 2 cloves garlic grated on a microplane
  • 1 teaspoon good quality maple syrup
  • Salt
  • 1 small acorn squash washed and dried
  • ¾ cup uncooked semi-pearled faro
  • 1 chipotle pepper canned in adobo finely chopped (Only use ONE pepper! Not the whole can.)
  • ½ bunch lacinato kale ribs removed and finely chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • ¼ cup pepitas toasted
  • 2 ounces feta cheese crumbled


  • Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
  • In small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, adobo sauce, garlic, maple syrup, and a good pinch of salt. Briefly set aside.
  • Carefully slice the top and bottom of the squash. Slice the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and stringy insides. Cut the squash horizontally into ¾-inch slices. Arrange the squash on the prepared baking sheet. Brush each slice all over with the oil mixture. (You’ll only need to use about 2 tablespoons total.) Roast for 30 minutes until the squash is fork tender and lightly browned. Cut half of the roasted squash into cubes, leaving the best looking slices intact (they'll be placed on top of the finished dish).
  • Meanwhile, bring a small saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the farro and cook for about 15 minutes until al dente. Strain and set aside until ready to use.
  • Place the chopped kale in a large mixing bowl. Whisk the chopped chipotle pepper into the remaining oil mixture and pour it over the kale. Using your hands, massage the kale with the dressing for at least 2-3 minutes until it becomes tender and darkens slightly. Set aside.
  • Heat a small pan/skillet over medium-high heat. When hot add the pepitas and cook for 1-2, shaking the pan regularly, until they’re lightly browned and smell toasty.
  • Add the diced squash, cooked farro, cilantro and toasted pepitas to the bowl with the massaged kale and toss to combine. Taste and season with a little extra salt and lime juice if necessary.
  • Transfer to a platter or serving dish and top with the whole squash slices. Sprinkle with feta cheese and serve.