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    Creamy Pea & Chive Pearl Barley Risotto (Reduced Fat)

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    30 mins

    5 mins

    25 mins

    Sarah_Jayne's Note:

    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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    1. 1
      Heat the oil in a large, deep pan, then gently fry the onion for 3-4 minutes
    2. 2
      Stir in the pearl barley, sizzle for a few mins, then pour in about a third of the stock.
    3. 3
      Simmer fiercely for 20 mins, stirring occasionally, adding more stock gradually as it is absorbed.
    4. 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. 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. 6
      Season well and serve scattered with the rest of the chives.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 31, 2011


      This was so easy to make and was a big hit with my family - especially my our year old son, he had 3 kid-size helpings! It was plenty of food for my fam of four and we also had leftovers. I did the math and it only cost me $5.25 to make! Definitely a keeper! The only changes I made was that I added minced garlic in with the onions and I added frozen peas at the very end, right before the cream cheese. I'm also eager to try new veggie and cream cheese combinations!

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    • on July 18, 2009


      This came out really well, even with a bunch of modifications. I had a whole box of instant barley I wanted to use up, so I used 4+ cups of chicken broth and a little more cream cheese. I also added garlic salt, black pepper, garlic pepper, and some herb blend seasoning. Right at the end, the dish was tasting somewhat flat, so I added some white wine, which I absolutely recommend. I will be making this frequently!

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    • on June 09, 2009


      I would never have thought of using pearl barley like this, and it was so good! Absolutely loved it, and the little I had left, I froze, and then took to work as my lunch, it freezes beautifully! this is a whole new experience and one I will definitely repeat, thank you for this marvellous discovery! made for Vegetarian swap#11

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    Nutritional Facts for Creamy Pea & Chive Pearl Barley Risotto (Reduced Fat)

    Serving Size: 1 (239 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 2

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 552.8
    Calories from Fat 133
    Total Fat 14.8 g
    Saturated Fat 2.1 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 13.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 93.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 20.4 g
    Sugars 7.3 g
    Protein 14.3 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    vegetable stock

    fat-free cream cheese with chives


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