Mushroom & Chestnut Pearl Barley Risotto

MUSHROOM & CHESTNUT PEARL BARLEY RISOTTO
 
Serves 4
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 45 mins - 50 mins

Easy


Cook our comforting pearl barley 'risotto' to get the feeling of indulgence without overloading on calories.      Ideal for chilly winter nights - GUEST RECIPE from BBC Good Food

 

Ingredients


2 tbsp olive oil 
1 large onion , chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
180g chestnuts, roughly chopped (optional)
2 thyme sprigs, leaves picked
250g mixed mushrooms , sliced
300g pearl barley
150ml white wine
1l vegetable stock
4 tbsp ricotta cheese
80g rocket 
parsley leaves (optional), to serve

AND THIS IS WHAT YOU DO....

 

  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium high heat, add the onion and fry until softened and golden, around 10 mins.
     

  2. Add the garlic, chestnuts, if using, and the thyme, fry for a minute.
     

  3. Then tip in the mushrooms and fry until they begin to soften, around 3 mins.
     

  4. Stir in the pearl barley, making sure everything is well combined and cook for 2-3 mins.
     

  5. Tip in the wine and leave to bubble away until it's reduced by half.
     

  6. Add one-third of the stock, stir, then turn the heat down and let the pearl barley absorb the liquid.
     

  7. Continue adding the remaining stock, a bit at a time, adding more once each addition has been absorbed.
     

  8. Stir through the rocket, cook for 1 min, then divide between bowls.
     
  9. Garnish with parsley and ricotta cheese.
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