An Italian wheat grain, farro is chewy and tender like barley but with a milder flavor. Pearled or cracked farro cooks much faster than whole regular farro, and it doesn’t require soaking before it’s made. The farro in this recipe can be made a few days ahead or even frozen.
1. To make Farro: Heat oil in saucepan over medium-high heat. Add carrot, celery, and onion. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until vegetables start to brown. Add farro, and stir to coat grains with oil. Pour in broth, and bring mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, and cover. Cook 20 minutes, or until just tender; drain. Discard carrot, celery, and onion. Cool Farro.
2. To make Pilaf: Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté diced onion 5 to 7 minutes. Add kale, and cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until just wilted. Reduce heat to medium, and stir in garlic and Aleppo pepper. Cook 1 minute, then add Farro, and sauté 3 to 5 minutes, or until warmed through. Remove from heat, and stir in dried cranberries and pine nuts. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve warm.