Happy Valentine’s Day! Sit down to a helpin’ of rich and bold flavors with this jambalaya made with hearty farro and succulent shrimp by Food Fanatic. Each serving of jambalaya gets you a nutritionally complete meal with whole grains, veggies and lean protein. (Hint hint: Pair it with wine for an impressive Valentine’s Day home-cooked meal that will score you points and re-heatable leftovers!)

Ingredients for servings


  • 3 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 small onion chopped

  • 5 stalks celery chopped

  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper

  • 1 cup uncooked farro

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1.5 tablespoons garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

  • 13 ounces strained tomatoes or tomato puree

  • 3 cups low sodium vegetable broth

  • 1 can cannellini beans (15 ounce), thoroughly drained and rinsed

  • 30 uncooked shrimp peeled and deveined

  • freshly ground black pepper (optional)

  • Salt (optional)


  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large, deep sauté pan over medium heat.

  • Add the onion and cook until softened, about 2 minutes

  • Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, celery, bell pepper, farro, bay leaves, garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, and strained tomatoes. Stir until well combined, and season with salt and pepper.

  • Add the vegetable broth, stir until combined, and bring to a boil.

  • When broth begins to boil, reduce to a light simmer, cover, and cook, stirring frequently.

  • When most of the broth is reduced down and vegetables and farro are nearly tender, after about 15-17 minutes, add the white beans and shrimp.

  • Stir until well combined, and season with salt and pepper. When the shrimp are cooked through, after about 5 minutes, serve.

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