Butternut Squash and Barley Risotto

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

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  1. corrie1
    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.
  2. Dre S
    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.
  3. Lori Mama
    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. :)
  4. susan_k09
    We loved this dish. I followed the instructions as written, except I doubled it for more people. It took longer for me to make because of step 6...adding in the broth a little at a time and waiting for it to be absorbed. I got tired of waiting and poured it all in and cooked it for about 40 minutes. It turned out great! Thanks for a keeper!


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