Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Farro Bowl Recipe

Oven Roasted Sprouts and Farro
Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Farro

Funny story. When his kids were little, David teased that brussels sprouts were little, baby cabbage heads. Somewhere, out in the world, baby cabbages ran around without their heads. I giggled the first time I heard that. But, his kids surprised me because they enjoyed brussels sprouts. At that point, I had never tried them. I knew their reputation as bitter, harsh, and smelly. Never in my mind’s farthest nether-reaches did I see myself one day eating them. Craving them, even. Or creating recipes like this Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Farro Bowl recipe.

Sprouts, now one of my favorite winter vegetables, are high in depression fighting vitamins. Plus, they are high in fiber. Honestly, these tiny green bites are nutritional powerhouses. So, I try to incorporate them into my meal plan when possible. I put this recipe together for the first time a couple of weeks ago. David loved it. Of course, he would. He’s the one that taught me how delicious baby cabbage heads taste!

I strongly suggest using fresh vegetables for this recipe. I haven’t had a lot of luck using frozen sprouts because they tend to come out soggy.

Big tip here: Tightly seal the foil’s edges. It helps trap in steam and roasts the veggies to perfection. See the dark caramelized spots? That happens at high heat.

Caramelized brussels sprouts, carrots, and potatoes fresh from the oven.
Caramelized brussels sprouts, carrots, and potatoes fresh from the oven.

Farro is a bit new to us, though. I made it the first time this past summer in this Asian-inspired Maple-Miso Farro bowl. Farro’s nutty taste lends it a tasty versatility and is compatible with most vegetables. So feel free to substitute.

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Farro Bowls

Oven Roasted Sprouts and Farro

This simple and delicious recipe combines nutty farro and sweet agave (or maple syrup) with tasty, nutritious roasted vegetables. It’s a colorful dish that comes together in minutes!

  • 1/2 cup farro; uncooked
  • 1/2 yellow pepper; cut into strips
  • 1/4 lb carrots; sliced
  • 1/2 red onion; sliced
  • 1/4 lb red potatoes; cut into bitesize chunks
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 tbsp agave syrup (or maple syrup)

Preheat oven to 425 and prepare farro according to package directions.

Spritz veggies with olive oil and toss with rosemary, salt, and pepper.

Place veggies in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet.

Cover with foil and tightly seal the edges.

Bake for 30 minutes - stirring about halfway through (and re-cover). Or you can shake the pan.

Toss with balsamic vinegar and agave.

Divide farro between 2 bowls and top with veggies.

Full Nutrition Information

Calories 283, Total Fat 1g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Potassium 577 mg, Sodium 493, Total Carbohydrate 62 g, Dietary Fiber 8 g, Sugars 11 g, Protein 9 g, Vitamin A 191 %, Vitamin C 156 %, Calcium 5 %, Iron 18 %

The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the USFDA. I use a publicly available online nutrition calculator. Nutrition information may vary by brands used and individual cooking methods.

Oven Roasted Sprouts and Farro - This delicious recipe combines farro's nuttiness with crunchy caramelized vegetables. It's a new winter favorite.
Oven Roasted Sprouts and Farro – This delicious recipe combines farro’s nuttiness with crunchy caramelized vegetables. It’s a new winter favorite.
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Alicia Taylor

Happily married to the love of my life. It's just us, our 5 cats, and our beautiful woods. I'm loving living back in the Florida panhandle being close to family. I love cooking, living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of our cozy home, and trying new things.

We enjoy hosting parties and my husband and I are both avid gamers. You can find me on PS4 as SunshineFlaGirl. We also play tabletop RPGs and eurogames.


  • Blair Villanueva

    January 14, 2018 - 11:33 pm

    That anecdote about sprouts are manking me smile. My Mom used to make stories like that when we are kids.
    Your new recipe looks delicious, and will share to my Mom. 🙂

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 15, 2018 - 3:58 pm

      Thanks 🙂 It’s funny what we tell kids to get them to eat! To this day, my oldest calls broccoli and cheese “trees and cheese.”

  • Diana

    January 14, 2018 - 6:17 pm

    I think that the best way to cook Brussels sprouts is to roast them. This looks deeeelish!

  • Aduke Schulist

    January 14, 2018 - 1:57 pm

    I have never had this combination before. I bet it is delicious

  • carrie@thelavenderhytta

    January 14, 2018 - 2:35 am

    I love brussel sprouts. This recipe sounds so delicious! Matter of fact I just added it to my Paprika Recipe Manager to try later.

  • Tiffany

    January 11, 2018 - 4:40 pm

    Yum! I love roasted vegetables and this is definitely a great winter dish. I will have to make this over the weekend.

  • Tracie B Threadford

    January 11, 2018 - 3:32 pm

    Brussel sprouts are an acquired taste. I myself aren’t fond of them but I can eat them if I have to. I may give this recipe a try.

  • Scott

    January 11, 2018 - 8:08 am

    It does look good, but brussels sprouts are something I never could find a way to like. Maybe there’s a good substitution?

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 11, 2018 - 10:21 am

      I bet it would be good with broccoli, too!

  • Diana

    January 10, 2018 - 10:50 pm

    This looks amazing! I love roasted brussel sprouts. I’m always looking for new recipes.Thanks for sharing..

  • Erica (@Erica's Recipes)

    January 10, 2018 - 9:10 pm

    I’ve made my family Brussels sprouts and they didn’t like them but I love them. I should give this recipe a try to change their minds.

  • Tami Qualls

    January 10, 2018 - 8:04 pm

    We haven’t eaten brussel sprouts in a very long time. This will go on our menu this week.

    • Alicia Taylor

      January 11, 2018 - 8:08 am

      Awesome! You’ll be pleased with how easy this is to make

  • Jenn

    January 10, 2018 - 7:26 pm

    This looks amazing! I love roasted brussel sprouts, my fam not so much more for me 😉 I need to make this for sure.

  • Ruth Epstein

    January 10, 2018 - 3:19 pm

    I roast a plate of vegetables every night for dinner and brussel sprouts are always included, I love them and when roasting I will roast cloves of garlic to smear on them afterwards, yummmm

  • Neely Moldovan (@Neelykins)

    January 10, 2018 - 2:34 pm

    Im been so into oven roatsted veggies lately and I love sprouts! Perfect recipe for me to try!

  • The Simple, Sweet Life

    January 1, 2018 - 6:51 pm

    I also didn’t discover brussel sprouts until well into my adult life, and although I’m sure I wouldn’t have enjoyed them as a kid, they’re one of my favorites now. I’ll definitely have to give you variation a try!

  • Sara Lehman

    December 31, 2017 - 3:10 pm

    These look awesome! I am a sucker for brussels sprouts!

  • Olivia Stacey

    December 27, 2017 - 11:28 pm

    This sounds amazing! I love brussel sprouts and can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  • Monica

    December 27, 2017 - 1:49 pm

    Yum, this sounds like a terrific flavor combo, perfect for increasing veggie intake!

  • staceymdoyle

    December 27, 2017 - 8:21 am

    What a cozy dish for this cold weather, it looks so delicious!

  • lauren

    December 25, 2017 - 10:00 am

    I could eat this for lunch every day! The texture of farro is so light and springy, I love it. And the sautéed veggies – especially Brussel sprouts – are the perfect addition for a balanced dish!

  • Paige

    December 24, 2017 - 9:52 am

    Sounds like a great idea for January when I’ll be ready for clean eating!

  • FoodieGirlChicago

    December 24, 2017 - 7:48 am

    Roasted brussels are such a great winter side dish. Love the flavor combo in this one!

  • Helene

    December 23, 2017 - 8:38 am

    Love the rosemary seasoning with your Brussels sprouts and my favorite way is to serve Brussel sprouts with farro and butter fried prawns. My appetite is growing right now! =)

  • Taslyn Russell

    December 21, 2017 - 10:28 am

    Looks so yummy would really want to try this. Looking forward to brussels for Christmas

  • Vasundhra

    December 21, 2017 - 9:41 am

    I am so glad to see an amazing looking vegetarian dish. Brussels sprouts are rich in healthy nutrients and I ensure to include them in my diet.

    • Alicia Taylor

      December 21, 2017 - 10:49 am

      Yes! They are so tasty and good for you 🙂

  • Crystal (Busy Mom Diary)

    December 21, 2017 - 8:32 am

    Thank you for sharing this. My daughter loves brussell sprouts but I never know where to include them in our meals.

  • Analida's Ethnic Spoon

    December 21, 2017 - 8:23 am

    I’ve never been a big fan of brussels sprouts until recently. My son works at a local restaurant and they flash fry them in a pan until crispy to an almost potato chip texture and they so so tasty! I’ll have to try your oven roasted version. Thanks for sharing.

    • Alicia Taylor

      December 21, 2017 - 10:51 am

      Yes – Brussels sprouts are something that really has to be cooked just right. I like them roasted like they are in this dish. I’ve never tried them fried! Sounds delicious.

  • chewoutloud

    December 20, 2017 - 9:34 pm

    Hubby and I both love roasted brussel sprouts, root veggies, and potatoes all together! SO SO good! Especially with tons of seasonings and herbs. Two of our boys are with us on that, but the third is still “learning” 🙂 🙂

    • Alicia Taylor

      December 21, 2017 - 10:52 am

      Use the baby cabbage heads trick! It may just work!

  • caitcance

    December 20, 2017 - 5:58 pm

    I absolutely love Brussel sprouts so your photos have me drooling! I’m not that great at making them myself so I’ll have to try my hand at this recipe and see how it comes out.

  • elishaff

    December 20, 2017 - 3:53 pm

    I LOVE Brussels Sprouts. They are so delicious, especially oven-roasted.

  • Jessica Robinson

    December 20, 2017 - 3:07 pm

    Looks like a really delicious and flavorful meal. Perfect for our family, since we are hitting the gym hard and getting into shape!

  • Razena | Tantalisemytastebuds.com

    December 20, 2017 - 1:11 pm

    This is such a delicious and healthy bowl. Growing up my mum never included brussel sprouts in our meals until my dad was hospitalized for a few days. When he came back home the first thing he asked for was brussel sprouts because apparently he really enjoyed it.

    • Alicia Taylor

      December 21, 2017 - 10:54 am

      I think the closest thing we got to fresh vegetables when I was a kid was a slice of tomato on an iceberg lettuce salad. However, I love fresh veggies now. Were they serving sprouts to your dad in the hospital?

  • Sharon Glascoe

    December 20, 2017 - 12:24 pm

    This would make a fabulous vegetarian lunch for any day of the week. Delicious!

  • Tiffany Yong

    December 20, 2017 - 9:38 am

    I happen to love Brussels Sprouts but they aren’t readily available in Singapore and are pretty expensive even when available. However, when I get to have them, they are often well roasted, so I’m pretty blessed that way~

  • Different Frame of Mind

    December 20, 2017 - 9:16 am

    This recipe looks really good and really easy to make. I have never tried brussel sprouts but I have heard either you like them or you don’t. I am definitely going to have to try this recipe, as I always love to try new things. Thank you for sharing this great recipe.

  • Rachel

    December 20, 2017 - 7:27 am

    Great recipe! I love brussel sprouts so I would love to give this a try.

  • tanviidotcom

    December 20, 2017 - 6:43 am

    In the last couple of years my love for Brussel Sprouts has really gone up. I love the flavor and texture of the vegetable. Your dish looks so tempting and delicious.

  • Agnes Vazhure

    December 20, 2017 - 6:35 am

    This roasted brussels sprouts farro bowl looks so tasty and perfect for my diet lifestyle. I am going to try this later for our dinner.

  • Nicola @ Happy Healthy Motivated

    December 20, 2017 - 6:33 am

    I love eating healthy festive stuff in the days running up to Christmas and this fits the bill perfectly. Going to give it a try tomorrow for lunch!

  • Ellie Plummer

    December 20, 2017 - 6:13 am

    I actually love sprouts so I bet this is amazing. This would be great to have over the holidays and will definitely keep you warm.

  • Maria Miguel Zamith

    December 20, 2017 - 3:41 am

    I love brussels sprouts! This recipe looks super delicious and super easy to make! I have to try this one 😉

  • newskira

    December 20, 2017 - 3:06 am

    I am a big fan of brussel sprouts. Your recipe is making me hungry now. Your big tip is helpful. I will try preparing it myself this Christmas.

  • Jasmine Eclipse

    December 20, 2017 - 2:59 am

    Ooooh this seems like an interesting recipe. I’m not normally a fan of brussel sprouts, so I’m interested to see how this will turn out! Maybe it’ll finally turn me onto brussel sprouts!

  • Nati

    December 20, 2017 - 2:37 am

    What a great recipe, I will definitely try it, my husband loves brussels sprouts and I fee my children with spelt since they were little babies, I’m sure they will love this!

  • lucicoo

    December 20, 2017 - 1:56 am

    Even thou I’m not a big fan of brussels sprouts, I would give this recipe a try because roasting then would give them and different flavor and I know my mother would love it.

  • Samantha

    December 20, 2017 - 1:30 am

    What a funny story! I’m not a fan of brussel sprouts, but more power to you for working them into your meal plan & creating recipes with them.

  • thebusyboymama

    December 19, 2017 - 10:22 pm

    This looks amazing! I love Brussels Sprouts, wish I could get my hubby to eat them with me.

  • shannon

    December 19, 2017 - 9:30 pm

    I like Brussels sprouts and am always looking for different way t prepare them.

  • Sassy N Dangerous

    December 19, 2017 - 8:17 pm

    Ooooo this looks so delicious! Will definitely be trying this recipe out soon! xo

  • Dominique| Perchance to Cook

    December 19, 2017 - 7:07 pm

    This bowl is right up my alley. Roasted brussels sprouts and anything are for me! I love farro and don’t eat it nearly enough. This is a combo match made in heaven!

  • Karolina | But, First, Tea!

    December 19, 2017 - 5:09 pm

    I absolutely love brussels sprouts! And your pictures are so good I’m drooling right now! 😀

  • Beth

    December 19, 2017 - 3:10 pm

    Brussels Sprouts are one of my all time favorite recipes! I have never tried farro before. Is the taste or texture reminiscent of any other grain?

    • Alicia Taylor

      December 19, 2017 - 4:04 pm

      It’s about the size and texture of brown rice, but tastes nuttier.

  • Pam

    December 19, 2017 - 2:49 pm

    Like you, I only learned to love brussels sprouts recently. I’ve also just recently tried farro for the first time and it has such a great, nutty flavor. Combining the two is genius!

  • Dannii

    December 19, 2017 - 2:35 pm

    I love Brussels sprouts and I’m always looking for new ways to eat them. These look great!

  • Laineey

    December 19, 2017 - 2:13 pm

    This bowl looks absolutely scrumptious! I’m a big farro fan and topping it with brussels sprouts…..Perfect!

  • Hope

    December 19, 2017 - 1:58 pm

    I love brussels sprouts, this looks like a great way to enjoy them. What a nourishing looking bowl of food!

  • Shell

    December 19, 2017 - 1:55 pm

    I absolutely need to try out this delicious recipe! I love eating Brussels sprouts!

  • Ginny McMeans

    December 19, 2017 - 1:18 pm

    Love love love the mix of veggies and flavors in this Brussels sprouts recipe. Making soon!

  • NYCTechMommy

    December 19, 2017 - 12:52 pm

    I’ve never been much into brussels sprouts but this looks so yummy! I have to try it. Might make a great dish over the holidays. My sister really loves brussel sprouts and she would love this!

  • Jacqui Odell

    December 19, 2017 - 10:45 am

    This looks like a pretty healthy meal. I love brussels sprouts but never had farro. I will have to find some and try it!

  • Elizabeth O

    December 19, 2017 - 10:29 am

    This looks so delicious and perfect vegetarian dish. This is very timely because I am looking for some veggies recipes and it’s so perfect. Will definitely give it a try.

  • Hey Sharonoox

    December 19, 2017 - 7:22 am


  • Cassie Liz

    December 19, 2017 - 6:49 am

    This sounds delicious! I actually haven’t cooked with farro before or even tried it I don’t think but I’d love too!

  • Louise x (@withlovefromlou)

    December 19, 2017 - 5:54 am

    I’m not a fan of Brussels Sprouts. I just don’t like the taste. I guess they’re like the marmite of the vegetable world! The story about David telling his kids they were baby cabbage heads made me chuckle, though 😀

    Louise x

    • Alicia Taylor

      December 19, 2017 - 7:54 am

      He does keep me chuckling, too!

  • Adriana Martin

    December 18, 2017 - 11:43 pm

    Lovely dinner indeed a lot of good flavors and ingredients. The farro is perfect addition and the Brussels sprouts look so nicely charred. Need to make this soon!

  • acraftymix

    December 18, 2017 - 10:50 pm

    Oh I love that “baby cabbage heads’. LOL. My aunt always used to tell us they were fairy bushes and if we ate them we would be able to see fairies and talk to them. I’ve loved brussel sprouts ever since. I can’t wait to try your recipe Alicia, I’m always looking for new way to serve them

    • Alicia Taylor

      December 19, 2017 - 7:55 am

      LOL! Fariy bushes 🙂 So… what exactly did she put in her sprouts?

  • Alison | So Chic Life

    December 18, 2017 - 10:43 pm

    I love Brussel sprouts cooked any way! Never tried farro before (it must not be gluten-free). This looks delish. Just noticed you are from the FL panhandle – me too! I grew up in Fort Walton Beach.

    • Alicia Taylor

      December 19, 2017 - 7:56 am

      Nope – Farro is not gluten-free. I do have a section for Gluten-free recipes on the site, though. Yep – I live near Pensacola. David was born in Fort Walton Beach.

  • Kristin

    December 18, 2017 - 10:21 pm

    YUM! Brussel sprouts are one of my faves. This looks delish!

  • Gloria Duggan

    December 18, 2017 - 8:50 pm

    This looks like the perfect “healthy” meal. I love cooking/eating farro. It has such a great texture and nutty flavour.

  • Emily, Our house now a home

    December 18, 2017 - 8:09 pm

    Oh yum! This is a great recipe, thank you for sharing! It will work out perfect for me, my daughter is a vegetarian and I am always trying to come up with new and different dishes for her, this is a new one to try.

    • Alicia Taylor

      December 19, 2017 - 7:57 am

      I have a whole section of vegan and vegetarian recipes on the site. Be sure to check them out. I was a vegetarian for many years before adding fish to my diet 2 years ago.

  • Stephanie | You Are My Son Shine

    December 18, 2017 - 7:09 pm

    I have to say, I have never tried a brussel sprout before. This looks great, though, and might be a good way to try it for the first time.

  • Marie

    December 18, 2017 - 6:02 pm

    I love brussels sprouts. Can’t have any carvery or sunday meal without those.

  • Jolina

    December 18, 2017 - 5:58 pm

    I’ve never had any negative feelings about Brussels sprouts growing up 🙂 And this looks excellent. We’ve been trying different whole grains and farro is next on our list actually. Perfect!

    • Alicia Taylor

      December 18, 2017 - 6:45 pm

      I think you will love farro. It’s become one of my favorite grains.

  • Corinne and Kirsty

    December 18, 2017 - 4:59 pm

    This looks super yummy! i don’t eat brussels sprout often but this recipe will make me change that!

  • keikilani

    December 18, 2017 - 4:38 pm

    Yum! This recipe looks so delicious. I need more Brussel Sprouts in my life. I think I need to add them to our Christmas menu.

  • Lois Alter Mark

    December 18, 2017 - 4:12 pm

    A few members of my family have blood sugar issues and farro is such a great low-glycemic option for them! I’m also a new fan of brussels sprouts so this meal sounds like a perfect addition to the usual rotation. Yum!

    • Alicia Taylor

      December 18, 2017 - 6:47 pm

      Yes. My husband is diabetic, so it’s a great alternative to rice.

  • Rebecca Bryant

    December 18, 2017 - 4:07 pm

    YUM!! Posted Brussels sprouts are one of my favorite side dishes of all time. I even eat them just by them self doe lunch.

    • Alicia Taylor

      December 18, 2017 - 6:46 pm

      Well, this recipe elevates the lowly side dish to main dish!

  • irishred13

    December 18, 2017 - 2:07 pm

    My friend loves herself some Brussels sprouts, I need to share this with her!

  • brandidcrawfordgmailcom

    December 18, 2017 - 1:45 pm

    Brussels sprouts are my fave! I am in love with this bowl idea!

  • Jeuelle

    December 18, 2017 - 12:42 pm

    I’m licking my lips over here! I love roasting brussels sprouts with butternut squash and tossing with balsamic vinegar glaze. I never thought of adding maple syrup to the mix. I’m trying this the next time I roast some sprouts!

    • Alicia Taylor

      December 18, 2017 - 6:47 pm

      The maple syrup really does add a nice flavor. Be sure to let me know how you like it.

  • Molly Elmore

    December 18, 2017 - 11:21 am

    I love brussels sprouts! I have never thought to pair them with farro though – what a great idea!

  • Tonya

    December 18, 2017 - 11:11 am

    Baby cabbage heads!! How cute! I also love Brussel sprouts, but never tried them this way!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Alicia Taylor

      December 18, 2017 - 6:48 pm

      David has a sense of humor 🙂 It’s one of my favorite parts of his charm.

  • Komal

    December 18, 2017 - 9:59 am

    I absolutely love farro and this looks soooo good!

  • Tiffany Khyla

    December 18, 2017 - 8:59 am

    I’m not a big fan of veggies, but my boyfriend is. I bet he would love this recipe.

    • Alicia Taylor

      December 18, 2017 - 6:48 pm

      I hope this dish helps you change your mind! They are so good for you 🙂

  • Family Around The Table

    December 18, 2017 - 6:08 am

    We love farro! I’m always looking for new recipes and this looks delicious! I bet the maple syrup on the Brussels sprouts is yummy.

    • Alicia Taylor

      December 18, 2017 - 8:15 am

      It is absolutely yummy! It also tastes great with the farro.

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