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Barley Risotto
with asparagus / white beans

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Using barley instead of the classic Arborio rice in this version of risotto makes it heartier and more substantial.
Smarts: We often feature hands-off versions of baked risotto in our meal plans, but this version uses the classic stovetop method of adding liquids a bit at a time and stirring occasionally throughout cooking. The cook time on barley will vary depending on the age of the grains and the heat of the stove. Start checking the barley for doneness around 30 minutes but be sure to give yourself enough time to allow it to simmer longer if needed.

Ingredients

Metric
Servings:
4
Barley Risotto with Asparagus and White Beans:
  • Onions, medium - 1, diced
  • Asparagus - 1 bunch, trimmed and chopped
  • Cheese, parmesan - 1/2 cup, grated (plus more for serving)
  • Zucchini - 8 oz, grated
  • Beans, any white (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Stock, any type - 4 cups
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp + 2 Tbsp
  • Barley, pearled and uncooked - 1 cup
  • White wine - 1/4 cup + 1/4 cup (sub stock)
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp

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Prep

  1. Onions / Asparagus / Cheese - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Pre-cook asparagus - Place asparagus in a microwave-save bowl. Add enough water to cover the bottom of the bowl with a thin layer. Top with a paper towel and microwave on high until asparagus is tender, 2 to 5 minutes (depending on thickness of spears). Season with some salt.
  3. Zucchini - Grate zucchini and squeeze out as much moisture as possible with a clean dish towel or paper towel.
  4. Beans - Drain and rinse.

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Make

  1. Pour stock into a sauce pan and heat it over medium heat. When the stock begins to simmer, reduce heat so it remains hot but not bubbling as you cook the risotto.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a Dutch oven or saute pan over medium heat. Add first portion of butter and then onions to melted butter. Add some salt and saute gently until onions are translucent, 4 to 6 minutes.
  3. Add barley to pan and saute until barley is evenly combined with onions and heated through, 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Add about ⅓ of the warm stock to the barley and bring to a simmer. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until nearly all of the liquid has cooked off. Next, add the first portion of wine. Bring to a simmer and stir occasionally until all of the wine has cooked off. Repeat the process, alternating adding stock and wine and letting them cook off, until barley is tender, 25 to 40 minutes. (Depending on how quickly the barley cooks, you may or may not need all of the stock. If you run out of stock, heat some water in the saucepan and use that until the barley is tender.)
  5. When barley is tender, stir in grated zucchini, beans, and asparagus. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes more, until zucchini is evenly cooked into the risotto.
  6. Remove pan from heat and stir in second portion of butter and cheese. Squeeze lemon juice over top. Taste and season with some salt and pepper.
  7. Divide barley risotto between serving plates. Top with extra cheese. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (36)
Gluten-free (3)
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Vegetarian (2)

Most Helpful

So simple, so delicious. Used quinoa and butter for convenience, other than that wouldnt change a thing.

By: Kayla
Posted: Aug 17, 2021
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

20 reviews

This is one of those meals you just know would be delicious in the hands of a pro chef with a pro kitchen, but it was less easy to pull off perfectly at home, haha. Definitely be generous with the salt and lemon for the fish - it's such a simple recipe it really needs those elements to give the dish flavor. The fish has to be done in multiple batches, too, so figure out how to keep everything warm in advance.

By: Lynn
Posted: Sep 14, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

When the directions say nonstick pan, that is no joke. I thought I’d be okay with my stainless steel pan heated properly. Wasn’t pretty. What I could scrape off the pan tasted great though. How can you go wrong with that much ghee/butter?

By: Alana
Posted: Aug 30, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Liked the dish a lot! Subbed Israeli couscous for the bulgar.

By: Jane
Posted: Aug 27, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was great and really easy. Added a few seasonings to the flour since it seemed odd to use it plain. Will definitely revisit.

By: Lyndsey
Posted: Aug 23, 2021
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Loved it! Definitely a decadent indulgence with all the butter but a delicious treat.

By: Catherine
Posted: Aug 22, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Forgot the lemon and didn't have a good white wine for the purpose, but this is yummy.

By: Jacquelin
Posted: Aug 22, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
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