Bacon Apple Farro

by Heather on March 1, 2011

Bacon.  It’s glorious.

I guess it had been a while since I’d truly made what Nate calls “real bacon” (translation: not turkey bacon) at home, but this weekend changed all of that.  Sunday night we made dinner at home, the star of which was Jessica’s Warm White Bean and Spinach Salad.  I have to say, I fell in love with bacon once again when that dish hit my lips!


The food, not the actual dish.  Don’t want y’all to think I’m weird or anything…


Oh what?  You already do?  Nevermind then.

So when we ate the leftovers for lunch and didn’t have any more at home, I improvised.  In lieu of quinoa, I went with farro.  It’s amazing.  It’s chewy.  It’s super cheap and organic when you buy it in bulk at Costco.  In short it’s my new favorite grain.

Also, since I used the last of our fresh veggies on the spinach salad, I opted for apples in this dish.  Granted I doubt that it has any real nutritional value once you calculate the bacon drippings and sugar, but you could certainly add spinach or kale or any number of greens to it.  Just make sure you use the bacon…and the real kind at that.


  • 5 slices bacon, cut into cubes
  • 2 medium apples, cored and cubed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups prepared farro
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste

Prepare farro as directed.  In a  skillet over medium heat cook the bacon til crisp.  Remove with a slotted spoon to a plate and set aside.  Saute the onion and apples in the bacon grease until tender and translucent.  Add the garlic and the grated carrot and saute another 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently to make sure the garlic doesn’t burn.  Add the brown sugar and spices and stir to combine.  Add the farro, stir to combine, and then taste test for salt and pepper.  Right before you’re about to serve it add the rest of the bacon.


EAT :)

Apparently real bacon has the magic to cure headaches, frustrations, and sadness…even if it’s just while you’re eating it!  Viva la bacon!



Thank you all so much for your comments, emails, tweets, and facebook messages about the post from yesterday.  I’ve had to deal with deaths in our beloved family before, but for some reason it just never sat this close with me.  I miss our baby so much, and although yesterday was an OK day at work and I made it all the way through, once I got home and started working on blog stuff I just felt the entire weight of it all come crashing down around me again.  You would think I’d be out of tears by now, but I’m not.  Anyway, thank you for being there for someone that most of you have never met…God’s grace is truly being shown in you love.

Much love,

Heather & Nate

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jessica @ How Sweet March 1, 2011

This sounds absolutely ah.may.zing. But I can’t find farro in bulk and it costs an arm and a leg! I think I have to bite the bullet and buy some. I mean… it has BACON.


2 Bethany @Bridezilla Bakes March 1, 2011

Glad you found your way to some comfort food :) I’m going to look for that farro at Costco!

Still praying, of course.


3 Estela @ Weekly Bite March 1, 2011

Looks like the perfect side dish! Yum!


4 theAlmostRunner March 1, 2011

that bacon dish DOES look divine! i’m always amazed that you’re able to substitute whatever you have around and make something beautiful and delicious.

i defnitely lifted you up in prayer this weekend. my mom lost a child before i was born and i just can’t imagine the pain. keep your faith strong and have a great day, heather!


5 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 1, 2011

I love farro! It has such great chew!


6 Robin March 1, 2011

This looks delicious. I’ve never tried farro before, but I think that I have found the best way to try it for the first time.


7 Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman March 1, 2011

Oh yum. And, yes, no matter how good turkey bacon is, real bacon is still 10 times better. :)


8 Suzy March 1, 2011

That looks so delish..and la bacon!!

I’m sorry I’ve been absent from your blog and had to come across sad news when I finally came around again. Big hugs to you from Missouri!


9 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite March 1, 2011

I’ve never had farro, but you just inspired me :) Thinking about you during this tough time! :(


10 Salah March 1, 2011

mmmm omg that looks soooo good!


11 Lauren at Keep It Sweet March 1, 2011

People who say they don’t like real bacon are lying, I am convinced.


12 Natalia - a side of simple March 1, 2011

You can never go wrong where bacon is involved. Never.


13 Mama Pea March 1, 2011

LOVE farro. I have that same bag!

Today’s going to be a good day for you…I can feel it! :)


14 France @beyondthepeel March 1, 2011

I know vegetarians that eat bacon. There’s actually a restaurant that feautered many vegetarian dishes that had an option to add bacon, kind of how we often see add shrimp or chicken for $3.99. Fittingly the restaurant was called Bacon. I love this recipe. I don’t have any Farro but I have a bag of wheat berries I give this a whirl with. Thanks for sharing, it’s sound fab!


15 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 1, 2011

I’ve never had farro, but this dish looks amazing! Sweet and salty is what I live for!! :)


16 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather March 1, 2011

Seriously, sweet apple and salty bacon. A rocking combo!


17 Ashley March 1, 2011

As much as I love grinding farro for breakfast…eating it in whole-grain form with dinner is extremely delicious as well!! It’s Chris’s favorite for sure. This recipes sounds great!


18 polly March 1, 2011

oh my goodness, sweetie I just caught up on your blog and I am so sorry about your sweet baby. I cannot imagine the hurt you feel and yet, comfort knowing you’ll get to have your little one with you in heaven someday. One of my best friends went through this and as I watched her heal, her knowledge of heaven becoming even MORE real to her, since she now had somebody up there waiting for her, was a beautiful thing.

Many hugs and prayers, sweetie. and YAHOO for BACON! :) XO


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