Barley, Butternut Squash, and Shiitake Risotto

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Barley, Butternut Squash, and Shiitake RisottoRecipe
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr
Like risotto in texture but not in cooking method, this one-dish meal's creaminess is underscored with the addition of Taleggio, a soft Italian cheese. You can substitute Brie if you like.
6 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)


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3 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash (about 1 1/2 pounds)
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
2 cups thinly sliced shiitake mushroom caps (about 1/2 pound)
1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
1 cup uncooked pearl barley
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2/3 cup white wine
3 1/2 cups organic vegetable broth
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 ounces Taleggio cheese, diced
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves


1. Preheat oven to 450°.

2. Combine squash, 1 tablespoon oil, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; toss well to coat. Arrange squash mixture in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 450° for 25 minutes, stirring once.

3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; sauté 5 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Transfer mushroom mixture to a bowl; keep warm.

4. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in pan. Add onion; saut´´ 4 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add barley and garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add wine; bring to a boil. Cook 3 minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed. Add broth, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until barley is tender and liquid is nearly absorbed. Remove from heat; add cheese, stirring until cheese melts. Stir in squash, mushrooms, and thyme. Serve immediately.

Wine note: The 2008 J Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay (California, $15) is a buttery, beautiful partner for this creamy-textured risotto. Tropical fruit notes, ripe pear, melon, and vanilla aromas combine for a wine that will embrace the rich flavors in this dish. --Natalia MacLean

Created date

February 2010

Nutritional Information

Calories 339
Fat 11.9 g
Satfat 3.9 g
Monofat 6.3 g
Polyfat 1.1 g
Protein 9.3 g
Carbohydrate 46 g
Fiber 8.3 g
Cholesterol 14 mg
Iron 2.6 mg
Sodium 745 mg
Calcium 150 mg