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Skillet Farro and Turkey Sausage Casserole with Kale and Sweet Potatoes

Simple Skillet Farro and Turkey Sausage Casserole is packed with sweet potatoes, kale and white beans. Made in one skillet.

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I’m seriously in love with skillet meals.

I have an entire Pinterest Board dedicated to one pot and skillet meals and a collection of over 20 skillet recipes on my blog.

Skillet meals are easy to make and many can be made in ONE skillet. Easy clean-up, I’m game for that. This healthy Skillet Farro and Turkey Sausage Casserole is made in one skillet. It’s full of turkey sausage, kale, farro, white beans and my favorite, sweet potatoes. It’s easy to make and will feed a family of six or provide plenty of leftovers for a family of two.

Skillet Farro and Turkey Sausage Casserole

I started this recipe off by cooking mild Italian turkey sausage in a large 12 inch casserole skillet. If you don’t have a large skillet, you may use a large pot instead. Once the turkey sausage finished cooking, I added onion, garlic and sweet potato to the skillet. It’s important that you do not fully cook the sweet potatoes or they will become mushy. Three minutes tops is all you need for this step. I added the kale and white beans and sauteed for about a minute, just enough time to wilt the kale. Finally, I added the farro and chicken stock. I brought to a quick boil and then reduced the heat to a simmer and cooked for about 30 minutes, just long enough to cook the farro and the sweet potatoes.

The leftovers from this farro casserole fed us for 3 days. I even took some to work for lunch. I love recipes like that provide multiple meals for my little family of two.

Skillet Farro and Turkey Sausage Casserole with Kale and Sweet Potatoes

Skillet Farro and Turkey Sausage Casserole with Kale and Sweet Potatoes

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 3 mild Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 C sweet onion, diced
  • 2 C peeled diced sweet potatoes (about 1 large sweet potato)
  • 4 C lacinato kale, chopped
  • 1 15oz can white beans, such as great northern, drained and rinsed
  • 1 C farro, picked through to remove any stones and rinsed
  • 4 C low sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • fresh chopped basil for garnish


  1. Cook the turkey sausage. Drizzle a large casserole skillet with 1 tbsp of olive oil. Heat over medium heat and then add the turkey sausage and cook until slightly browned, breaking apart the sausage as it cooks.
  2. Add the veggies to the skillet. Once the turkey sausage is done cooking, add the onion, garlic and sweet potato to the skillet. Cook for about three minutes and then add the white beans and kale. Saute for about a minute, or until the kale is just wilted.
  3. Add the farro and chicken broth to the skillet. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes or until the kale and sweet potatoes are cooked. Once done cooking, remove from the heat.
  4. Garnish. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese and chopped fresh basil.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300 Total Fat: 3g Sodium: 1110mg Carbohydrates: 52g Sugar: 8g Protein: 20g

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41 comments on “Skillet Farro and Turkey Sausage Casserole with Kale and Sweet Potatoes”

  1. Julie, love the one pot/skillet meals. . they are simply the best. . especially on weeknights! and I love farro anything. . this farro and turkey sausage casserole looks soooo good!! definitely something I know my family would love!!

    • Skillet meals were made for weeknights! And I know you are digging the farro – I am totally digging your farro taco recipe. MUST try that one soon. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comment, Alice!

  2. I love farro! This meal looks great!

  3. Skillets and turkey sausage FTW! I love turkey sausage and this dinner has my name all over it!

  4. One-pot dinners RULE! And so does this gorgeous casserole. You literally packed all my favorite things in here and I am seriously drooling!

  5. looks delicious – wondering how long leftovers would stay good? and/or could they be frozen? thanks!

    • Hi Mary, I’d say about 3-4 days with the leftovers. Not sure on freezing as I don’t freeze food very often. It may work! If you give it a try, let me know!

  6. Farro rocks, this sounds awesome Julie!

  7. Love skillet meals Julie! So easy to make and hardly any dishes to clean afterwards. This looks like such a great dinner and awesome leftovers too!

  8. I seriously adore one pot skillet meals too! I need to check out your pinterest board and make this pronto. I love farro!

  9. I’m a big fan of skillet meals and leftovers so this is a winner in my book!

  10. Wow – that skillet looks stunning! So many amazing flavors in there, sounds SO delicious!! :)

  11. This is a dinner that my family would love. I’m so going to have to try it! Yummmm!

  12. One pot meals are my favorite! This dish is packed with so much goodness, I definitely need to add it to my weeknight menu!

  13. I am making this ASAP, I LOVE one pot dinners!!!

  14. It looks like you have skillet dinners down pat. What you have posted is quite varied and all look mighty tasty. There is not one among us who doesn’t appreciate a pot meal—–and one that the family will actually eat. Yahoo! Score!

  15. I have been hearing a lot of good things about farro lately, but have yet to try it. This looks amazing!

  16. I am in love with your skillet meals too!! I make them one too many times :) Going to add this to the list!!

  17. One pot meals are the best! Love that you used farro, it sounds amazing with the kale, sweet potato and other flavors you added in here!

  18. I know this was posted 2 years ago but I have a question. How would you think carrots or acorn squash would be instead of sweet potatoes in this recipe? Those are all I have on hand.

    • Hi Samantha,

      I’ve never made the recipe with carrots or acorn squash so I’m not sure how it would turn out. I think flavor-wise, acorn squash would be better. However, I think it will cook quicker than the sweet potatoes so you may want to cook it separately and then mix in after everything else is done cooking. Hope this helps! :)

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  21. This was delicious! I did however have to drain quite a bit of excess chicken broth. 4 cups was far too much liquid for one cup of farro and it was soupy. Next time I would try either 2 or 3 cups max. 

    Rating: 5
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  23. Love using farro and kale and sweet potato. So many healthy ingredients, so it made serving this on top of mashed potatoes totally okay! It was more like a stew on the first night, but much thicker and casserole-like on nights 2 and 3. I added some Tabasco and red pepper flakes to give it a bit more of a kick. 

    Rating: 3