Barley and Mushroom Risotto

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 173.0
  • Total Fat: 3.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 7.8 mg
  • Sodium: 453.6 mg
  • Total Carbs: 29.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 7.5 g
  • Protein: 6.0 g

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Number of Servings: 4


    100 g (3.5 oz) pearl barley
    14 g (0.5 oz) dried shiitake mushrooms
    250 g (9 oz) sliced white mushrooms
    1 carrot
    1 onion
    2 stalks celery
    3 cloves garlic
    1 tbsp butter
    1/4 cup white wine
    1/4 tsp salt
    White pepper
    Lemon juice


Cook barley in 3 cups of boiling water until just softened but still very chewy. Add shiitake for the last 10 minutes. Drain and save 1 cup of the cooking water. Cut shiitake into thin strips.

Heat butter in a pan, add chopped onion, garlic, celery, and carrot. Stir until carrot begins to soften. Add barley, shiitake and white mushrooms along with a bit of wine and cooking water, cover and simmer on low heat. Stir and add more fluid as the barley absorbs it. Season with salt and white pepper and a dash of lemon juice.

Makes 4 servings as a side dish or 2 servings as a main dish.

Number of Servings: 4

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user IVOCADO.

Member Ratings For This Recipe

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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This earthy delight is the best carb alternative I found in a long time! Filling and satisfying. Not as time consuming as rice based risotto. The wine flavor is subtle and lemon kicks it up w'out overpowering. It's a staple at my table from now on. Thanks!! - 10/3/07

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    Very Good
    Not a fan of mushrooms, but the risotto itself was excellent. - 8/27/11

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    this is incredible !!! very easy to cook , tasty and filling!!!
    overall very healthy , this is on my cooking list for everyweek !
    - 12/26/09

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    Very, very tasty. Highly recommended!
    - 9/24/08

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    This turned out really well! The recipe includes a lot of vegetables, which I like. I added more garlic than is recommended, and the lemon juice really enhances the flavor, I added more of that, too. Very easy to make, and I plan on making it again. - 9/22/07