Butternut Squash and Barley Risotto

    55 min

    Well given food prices are rocketing I tried using barley instead of Arborio rice. It was a success, filling, healthy and still really yummy! NOTE: This is very filling and quite rich in flavour. So I sometimes serve half portions with some nice green beans or other summer Veg/green salad. It keeps in the refrigerator great in an air tight container or ziplock bag. It tastes great the next day cold or re-heated and so we take the leftovers for filling lunch at work.

    Lancashire, England, UK
    31 people made this

    Serves: 2 

    • 350g butternut squash, peeled and cubed into bite size chunks
    • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic minced
    • 200g barley, rinsed and picked over
    • 450ml chicken or vegetable stock
    • splash dry white wine (optional)
    • 2 tbsp fresh sage chopped ( 2 tsp dried)
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • To serve
    • 50g freshly grated parmesan cheese
    • 1/2 bag of spinach leaves

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Heat olive oil in heavy bottomed pan. Add the onion and cook on a medium heat for 5-8 minutes until translucent, not browned. Add the garlic, cubed squash and the splash of wine. Cover and cook on medium for a couple of minutes until you can no longer smell the alcohol.
    2. Add the barley and stir well, cook for a couple of minutes. If the barley sticks add splash of stock. Then add the herbs and salt and pepper to taste. Add the remaining stock (yes all in one go!), bring to the boil and then reduce to a gentle simmer.
    3. Cook for approx 30 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed and the barley is tender; Stir occasionally to prevent it sticking to the bottom of the pan.

    Cook's tip:

    Instead of the sage, you can user 3 tbsp fresh chopped rosemary (2 tsp dried).

    Parmesan cheese

    Parmesan cheese is not truly vegetarian, as it contains animal rennet. To make this dish 100% vegetarian, omit the cheese or find a suitable vegetarian substitute made without animal rennet. In supermarkets look for the 'parmesan style hard cheeses' which are suitable for vegetarians.

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