Meatless Monday

Wild Mushroom and Barley Risotto

Yields: 6 servings, 1 1/4 cups each

Total Time: 1 hr

Prep Time: 1 hr

Ingredients

  • 6 cup(s) vegetable, mushroom, or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) water
  • 2 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 clove(s) garlic, minced
  • 3 cup(s) mixed wild mushrooms, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) pearl barley, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup(s) red wine
  • 6 cup(s) baby arugula
  • 1/3 cup(s) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon(s) butter
  • 2 teaspoon(s) balsamic vinegar
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Bring broth and water to a simmer in a large saucepan. Adjust heat to maintain a steady simmer.
  2. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until the onion is translucent, about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring, until they begin to release their juices, 2 to 3 minutes. Add barley and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add wine and simmer, stirring, until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 1 minute more. Reduce heat to medium.
  3. Add 1/2 cup hot broth to the barley and cook, stirring, until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Continue adding 1/2 cup hot broth at a time and stirring until the liquid has been absorbed after each addition, adjusting the heat to maintain a gentle simmer, until the barley is tender and creamy but still somewhat firm, 35 to 45 minutes. (You might not use all the broth.)
  4. Stir in arugula and cook, stirring, until it is wilted, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Stir in cheese, butter, and vinegar. Season with pepper.Carb Servings: 2 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 2 fat. Carbohydrate Servings: 3. Nutrition Bonus: Selenium (32% daily value), Vitamin A (30% dv), Magnesium (14% dv), excellent source of beta-glucan.
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