Creamy Pea & Chive Pearl Barley Risotto (Reduced Fat)

Total Time
30mins
Prep
5 mins
Cook
25 mins

I am a big fan of pearl barley as it is cheap, tasty, healthy and very filling. This sounds like a great new way to enjoy pearl barley with a bit of an Italian flare. I originally found this recipe in the BBC Good Food Magazine.

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Ingredients

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Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a large, deep pan, then gently fry the onion for 3-4 minutes
  2. Stir in the pearl barley, sizzle for a few mins, then pour in about a third of the stock.
  3. Simmer fiercely for 20 mins, stirring occasionally, adding more stock gradually as it is absorbed.
  4. With 5 mins to go, stir in the peas. After 20 mins there should be some liquid left and the barley should be cooked through.
  5. Turn the heat off under the risotto and let it sit for a min, then stir in the cream cheese and most of the chives.
  6. Season well and serve scattered with the rest of the chives.