Vegetarian Farro Sloppy Joes

Vegetarian Farro Sloppy Joes |

You didn’t think we were done talking about farro, now did you?  You know my obsessions don’t go away that quickly.  They like to stick around for a while.  To the point where my husband complains that I need to stop making so many meals with whatever it is at a given time.  Hmpf.  Uncool I tell you.  But I just retort with my standard, well I’m cooking so I get to pick what we eat.  I can be so lovely huh?

So this brings me back to farro.  I’ve really been loving playing around with it in the kitchen.  My husband mentioned some time ago that I never make sloppy joes … so I decided to fix that.  Although I replaced the meat with farro.  I don’t think it’s exactly what he had in mind…

Vegetarian Farro Sloppy Joes |

But!  We actually BOTH enjoyed these.  And they have gone into regular rotation at our house.  Although I should probably ease off them for a bit.  My husband currently has one arm in a sling … sloppy joes are messy to begin with but virtually impossible to eat one handed.  We may have discovered that when I made these not even thinking about the fact that even regular sandwiches are difficult for him to eat at the moment.  Whoops.

Now obviously these are not exactly like regular full-of-meat sloppy joes but the base flavors are there … and quite frankly they are delicious.  The farro is tender but nice and chewy.  And personally I think makes a great substitute to create a nice and “meaty” dish.

Vegetarian Farro Sloppy Joes |

And we all know that burgers, sloppy joes and the like make a great friday night meal.  What are you waiting for??

Vegetarian Farro Sloppy Joes
Yield: 4 servings
  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon mustard powder
  • pinch of cayenne, or more to taste
  • 1 cup pearled farro
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • burger buns or rolls, for serving
  • sliced cheese, for serving
  1. Set a large stockpot over medium heat. Add in the olive oil. When hot, add in the onion, carrot and pepper. Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes, until the veggies are tender. Add in the garlic, tomato paste, chili powder, mustard powder and cayenne. Cook for about 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add in the farro. Cook for about 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add in the broth, tomato sauce, worcestershire, vinegar and brown sugar.
  2. Increase the heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, cover, turn down the heat to medium / medium-low and let simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until almost all of the liquid is absorbed. The farro should be tender and a little chewy. Remove from the heat, stir in the salt and let stand for about 5 minutes before serving.
  3. To serve, spoon on a burger bun (we like to toast the buns first!). You can also top with cheese, if desired.
A lot of brands of worcestershire sauce are not vegetarian - so be sure to read the label / ingredients to check!

I used pearled farro since that’s the kind I can find at my local stores. If you use semi-pearled or whole farro, you’ll have to increase the cooking time. Just keep simmering until the liquid is almost all absorbed and the farro is nice and tender but still a little chewy.

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  1. Melissa says

    We made this tonight, and my picky kids gobbled it right up …not without some minor complaints about the lack of meat. My hubby liked it, and said you hit the sloppy Joe tanginess spot on. Yummy!

    • Ashley says

      I’m so happy to hear this Melissa! Sounds like my husband – he loves to complain when there is no meat : )

  2. borisa says

    It is spring time for a while at European south. This look so good to prepare when I spending time with my friends on my boat. I will make it for sure:)

  3. Laura says

    This was great… I thought I had farro in the pantry but didn’t… but I had a lot of pearled barley so I used that instead. And since I’m swapping excess grains and bread for more veggies I nixed the big soft sandwich roll (sigh…) for a bowl of lightly sauteed swiss chard… and I loved it. This will make a great side dish throughout the week. It’s definitely going to be part of my regular rotation. So easy too! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Ashley says

      I’m so so happy to hear this Laura! Thank you for taking the time to let me know! I usually eat the leftovers without a roll too … I’m going to have to try it with some swiss chard next time (I can never have enough chard!)

  4. says

    I’ve never eaten farro, but these sloppy joes look delicious! I get on these kicks too and while my husband is not picky with what I put in front of him I’ll sometimes get subtle hints from him like “you’re really into x” or “you’ve been making a lot with x lately.” I never know if that’s him telling me he’s sick of it or not. Lol. He knows that he always has cereal as another option so I suppose it’s just me looking too much into it. #overthinkmuch

  5. says

    lol, I tell my husband the same thing–she who cooks has the power to choose the meal! I’m obsessed with farro as well, and just tell Ben it’s rice for the sake of simplicity. Such a cool idea to use it in sloppy joe’s!

  6. Jo @ the contented baker says

    Sloppy Joe’s are a totally new concept to me Ashley!! Thanks for broadening my culinary horizons and these do indeed look perfect for a Friday night supper!! Yum.

  7. says

    I love this idea!It looks just as full and delicious as using meat would be. Honestly, I actually like subbing meat out with veggies so I know I would love these sloppy joes. It’s been ages since I’ve had one!

  8. says

    Hehe, totally think it’s a fair deal about your obsessions since you are the one making all the food :) I still need to try farro – these meatless Sloppy Joes are such an awesome idea! My husband loves Sloppy Joes too but I am not a fan of the meaty version so I am excited to try these :) Hope you have a great weekend Ashley!

  9. says

    I’ve never cooked with farro either, Ashley, so that should go on the list of things to try soon! I used to love eating more vegetarian food, but since hubby came along it’s been, shall we say, a little trickier! I think I should take a leaf out of your book and just cook what I want to as I’m cooking … haha! Glad the sloppy joes went down well at your house, though. They look and sound TASTY!

    • Ashley says

      haha I hear ya – my husband used to be really resistant to meatless meals but a few good recipes later and he’s definitely come around : )

  10. says

    I’ve been wanting to make farro sloppy joes and yours look so perfect! I love sloppy joes because they are so easy to make and are great for a weeknight meal. I’ll definitely need to try this farro version. Have a great weekend, Ashley!

  11. says

    These sound awesome! I have never cooked with farro before so I am excited to try. Oh and FYI..a lot of worcestershire sauces are not vegetarian (they contain anchioves) so you might want to warn people…I used to have no clue that that was the case! 😉

  12. says

    You might have food obsessions (and hey, what’s wrong with that…and who doesn’t!) but kudos for all the inventive ways you try to mix it up and cook it differently. You’re inspiring me. I would never have thought of these sloppy joes and what a cool idea! It’s just the kind of food I like now. I can’t believe how much less meat I eat nowadays and it’s no wonder when there are great alternatives with recipes like this!

    • Ashley says

      Thanks so much Monica! Same here – I would have never imagined a few years ago that we’d only be eating meat once or twice a week now!

  13. says

    You are lovely! I think that’s a completely fair deal. If you’re doing the cooking then you say what goes.
    Sloppy joes are the best! I would have never thought to use farro instead of meat but it looks delicious. I say bring on the farro!

  14. says

    I LOVE this Ashley! Pinned right away, this is such a great way to have a vegetarian “meaty” dish without that fake meat at the grocery store that is just gross. Haven’t had a sloppy joe in so long and this is definitely going to be on my menu next week!

  15. says

    Haha you and I are pretty similar with the being obsessed with certain foods (remember my whole spaghetti squash phase!). The only difference is that Asheley gets upset when I move onto something else… she enjoys the routine I guess!

    These sloppy joes look incredible! I’ve yet to cook with farro… but I’m thinking this could be a great intro :)

  16. says

    This is a great meatless option, and I like to have a great lineup of meatless options! Farro is such a hearty and satisfying grain, so you really don’t miss the meat! Looks like one delicious sloppy Joe to me. :) Have a great weekend, my friend!

  17. Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe says

    Genius idea! Actually I’m not a real vegetarian but I eat meatless more often than not so this veggie Sloppy Joes version sounds amazing to me and I can’t wait to make them for an indulgent Friday night dinner!

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