Pearl Barley Risotto

Pearl barley risotto
I  don’t know about you but I seem to collect items like pearl barley and lentils and then not have any clue what to do with them. After digging out a box of pearl barley from the back of the cupboard I did what any modern gal does and headed to pinterest to see if I could find something yummy to make.

And I did

I adapted the recipe slightly…I found that to make the perfect risotto I needed to find my own way and this is the same so don’t worry about measuring out the ingredients perfectly and add/remove things to your own taste!

What you need:
175g pearl barley
1 tsp olive oil
White wine (optional)
500ml vegetable stock
Milk (optional)
1 onion
3 cloves of garlic

How to…

Heat the oil and fry the onions with the garlic. Next add the pearl barley and fry for around 2 minutes.

I’m lazy so I put all the stock in at once. Bring to the boil whilst stirring. After about a minute or two turn down the heat and simmer. At this point I also add some chopped parsley, a little parmesan and a glug of wine (this is optional but trust me, it’s nicer with).

Leave to simmer for around 15 minutes and keep stirring. At this point at a little milk (again optional) and a tad more wine {feel free to have a little sipfor yourself too- everyone knows wine when cooking is essential}.

Keep stirring.

Once the liquid has been soaked up and the barley is slightly chewy yet still firm its ready to serve.

Service with parmesan sprinkled on the top.

5 Comments on Pearl Barley Risotto

  1. Lisa
    February 3, 2014 at 12:03 pm (2 months ago)

    This sounds YUMMY! Hubby and I are definitely going to try this out

  2. Amethyst
    February 3, 2014 at 2:11 pm (2 months ago)

    This sounds great! And I don’t think it’s lazy, I think it’s a smart time-saver to just add all the broth at once. I’ve done a ton of recipes that had so many extra steps it was ridiculous, when all you really have to do is throw everything in the pan! It tastes just as good, and sometimes better.
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  3. Merle
    February 3, 2014 at 2:18 pm (2 months ago)

    Another great recipe Rachael, thanks for sharing.

  4. Anne Friston
    February 3, 2014 at 8:53 pm (2 months ago)

    This looks delicious, Rachael, can’t wait to give it a try.


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