Pearl Barley Risotto w/Scallions, Asparagus & Peas

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 277.5
  • Total Fat: 5.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 97.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 49.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 11.0 g
  • Protein: 10.0 g

View full nutritional breakdown of Pearl Barley Risotto w/Scallions, Asparagus & Peas calories by ingredient


This is from the Clean Eating magazine.
This is good as a side or main dish.
This is from the Clean Eating magazine.
This is good as a side or main dish.

Number of Servings: 6


    2 tbsp olive oil, divided
    6 medium scallions, thinly sliced
    2 medium shallots, minced
    4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
    1.5 cup water, divided
    1.5 cups pearled barley
    12 oz asparagus, trimmed & sliced 1/2-inch thick on the bias
    1/4 cup frozen peas
    1/4 cup fresh basil, thinly sliced
    1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped
    1 tsp lemon zest
    Kosher salt & fresh ground black pepper to taste


Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a medium pot over medium heat. When it shimmers, add scallions & shallots, cook until translucent, about 2 minutes.
Add broth, 1 cup water & barley & bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low & simmer, stirring occasionally, until liquid is almost completely absorbed & barley is just tender, about 25 minutes.
Add 1/2 cup water, asparagus & peas; & cook, stirring, until barley is tender, about 5 more minutes.
Stir in herbs, zest & remaining 1 tbsp olive oil. Season with salt & pepper, to taste, serve immediately.
makes 6 1.5 cup servings

Number of Servings: 6

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user NVR2HEALTHY.

Member Ratings For This Recipe

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    Love this recipe!!! - 9/18/12

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    Delicious! We threw in some chopped mushrooms and craisins (and left out the second dash of oil) and it was excellent. This recipe is a keeper! FYI- the peas are missing from the ingredient list so we just estimated on the amount. - 5/10/11

    Reply from NVR2HEALTHY (5/10/11)
    Thanks for pointing out the omission :)

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    REALLY quite great! skipped the 2nd Tbsp of oive oil - just didn't need it. I thoroughly enjoyed this meal and will make again. Portion size is great! - 5/31/10

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    I loved it. Will make again. - 5/23/10

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    I have made this recipe for guests many times and always get rave reviews. - 5/6/09