Recipe: Christof’s Spelt Pilaf

Serves 4 as a main dish or 6 as a side dish


4 cups water
1 package (1 lb.) pearled spelt
1-1/2 lbs. asparagus
2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 to 1 cup grated hard cheese
1 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. sesame seeds
salt and pepper to taste


Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add spelt and simmer covered until soft but not mushy, about 15 minutes. Drain.

While spelt cooks, clean and cut asparagus in 1/2 “ lengths. Sauté in olive oil in a large skillet until tender, about 10 minutes. Add seasonings. Add drained spelt. Top with grated cheese, cover, cook over low heat until cheese is melted.