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Barley Risotto with Wild Mushrooms

Photo: Rob Culpepper; Styling: Hagen Stegall
Hands-on time 1 hr
Total time 1 hr, 45 mins
Yield Serves 6 (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)
The mushroom mix here is a winning combo, but you can use any fresh variety that's readily available in your market.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups thinly sliced leek (about 2 large)
  • 8 ounces oyster mushrooms, sliced
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 5 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
  • 1 cup uncooked pearl barley
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, divided
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms, coarsely chopped
  • 3 ounces vegetarian Parmesan cheese, grated (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Nutrition Information

  • calories 273
  • fat 7.1 g
  • satfat 2.9 g
  • monofat 2.9 g
  • polyfat 0.7 g
  • protein 12.6 g
  • carbohydrate 38.5 g
  • fiber 8.1 g
  • cholesterol 12 mg
  • iron 2.9 mg
  • sodium 398 mg
  • calcium 199 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add leek; sauté 10 minutes or until tender. Add oyster, cremini, and shiitake mushrooms; cook 15 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add barley and garlic; cook 2 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring frequently. Add wine and 1 teaspoon thyme; simmer 1 minute or until liquid is nearly absorbed. Add 8 cups water and porcini mushrooms. Reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour or until barley is tender and creamy, stirring frequently. Stir in cheese, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon thyme. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

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