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Farro, Kale & Butternut Squash Gratin
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Cheese Sauce

10 (3/4-ounce) slices Land O Lakes® Italian Blend

1/2 cup milk

Farro Mixture

2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter

1 small (1/2 cup) onion, chopped

8 ounces (about 6 cups) kale, ribs and stems removed, coarsely chopped

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

3 cups cooked farro

1 cup golden raisins

10 ounces frozen diced butternut squash


1/3 cup panko bread crumbs

1/4 cup pine nuts

2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter, melted

1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 8-inch square glass baking pan with no-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Cook cheese and milk in 2-quart saucepan over medium-low heat until melted and smooth.

  3. STEP 3

    Melt 2 tablespoons butter in 12-inch skillet until sizzling; add onions. Cook over medium heat until softened. Add kale; cook until wilted. Sprinkle with salt and red pepper. Stir in farro, raisins and squash.

  4. STEP 4

    Pour cheese sauce over farro mixture; stir until well coated. Spoon mixture into prepared baking pan.

  5. STEP 5

    Combine bread crumbs, pine nuts, 2 tablespoons melted butter and Italian seasoning in bowl. Sprinkle mixture evenly over casserole.

  6. STEP 6

    Bake 15-20 minutes or until topping is golden brown and casserole is beginning to bubble around edges.

Tip #1

Farro is a whole grain, staple of rustic Italian cooking, often used as an ingredient in soups, salads, stuffing and even desserts. It has a nutty flavor that is sometimes compared to other grains such as barley and oats with an appearance similar to a light brown rice.

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