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I am a sucker for cheese and keep buying different types of cheeses every time I go to specialty grocery stores. My son just started going taking a weekly class that is right next to Trader Joes and it is not helping anyone. I find myself walking through the aisles of Trader Joes every week looking at just about everything they have in the store and sometimes picking up random stuff that I don't really want or need. I recently picked up some Gruyere & fontina cheeses from TJs. Cheeses there are a little reasonably priced when compared to other...


4 serving

Total time

90 minutes






  • 1 cup Farro
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 0.5 cup Gruyere cheese
  • 2 tbsp cheese
  • 3 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • to taste Salt Pepper
  • 2 tbsps parsley


  1. Combine farro with 3cups of water. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to low, cover and cook till the farro is tender, about 25 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, melt butter in a saucepan. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, till the flour doesn't smell raw anymore, about 3~4 minutes.
  3. Whisk in milk and cook till the mixture thickens and is smooth without any lumps, about 5~7 minutes. Set aside to cool for a minute.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  5. In a mixing bowl, combine all of the Gruyere cheese, 1tbsp Fontina, cooked farro and the cream sauce. Mix well and transfer into a lightly greased baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining fontina cheese and the breadcrumbs on the top, drizzle some olive oil on top. Bake for 30~40 minutes or until the top is browned and a nice crust is formed.
  6. Set aside for 5 minutes, sprinkle fresh chopped parsley just before serving.
Contains allergens

✅ Dairy

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