Butternut Squash and Barley Risotto

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 50 mins

Typically, risottos are made of refined rice known as Aborio. By using barley instead, you get tons of heart healthy benefits! Barley is a cholesterol lowering soluble fibre. (recipe found on the heart and stroke foundation of Canada website)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a small saucepan, bring the broth to a boil. Cover, and reduce heat to low.
  2. Heat oil in a medium sized pot over medium heat.
  3. Add onion and sauté until tender.
  4. Add squash and sauté for another 3 minutes. Add barley and stir for 2 more minutes.
  5. Add 1/2 cup of the boiled broth, and chopped sage. Simmer, stirring often until broth is absorbed, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add remaining broth slowly, about 1/3 cup at a time, allowing it to be absorbed each time.
  7. Cook barley until tender but still firm, about 35-40 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat and stir in parmesan cheese and parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Most Helpful

This was very delicious. I used 1 cup of barley and 5 cups of vegetable broth. I also added chopped carrots in with the onions. I forgot the cheese and it still turned out great.

corrie1 December 29, 2010

Yummy change from typical risotto! I played around with the amounts a bit as the amount of barley seemed low and I needed 4 servings. I used 3/4 c. barley and I had a quart of veg broth to which I added maybe 1/3 c. water. I also just dumped the broth in and simmered it. I ended up letting it cook over 50min (not on purpose) and it was still great - the squash mostly pureed and it was just yummy and super creamy.

Dre S June 04, 2010

Simply delicious! I did add a clove of garlic, only because we love it. I also just went ahead and used all the broth at once and cooked it the 40 min. as directed. I must have inadvertently used a bit more broth as it came out a bit loose then creamy. Nevertheless it was very tasty. My husband loved it. :)

Lori Mama November 13, 2007