Photography: Karry Hosford
6 servings (serving size: about 2/3 cup)

Cooking the leeks over moderately low heat results in buttery-soft texture and sweet flavor. As with any risotto, serve immediately for the creamiest texture.

How to Make It

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add leek; cook 20 minutes or until tender and golden, stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add barley, salt, and pepper; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add broth; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover and cook 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in parsley.

Ratings & Reviews

sprater1's Review

December 26, 2013
Easy to make. It took about 15 minutes longer for the broth to cook down. I added about 1 tsp of butter and about 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese at the end. Family loved it, including my young kids!

JessicaJJM's Review

April 09, 2013
Very good. We used as a low cal main dish, but would make a good side pairing w/ a pheasant or duck.

cherryhill19's Review

January 02, 2011
I was a bit apprehensive about this. I love barley, my DH thinks he doesn't. I served this with a roasted chicken. He kept asking for more! I did change the recipe (I've been a vegetarian for over 40 years and barley needs at least 45 minutes: at the 30 minute mark, turn the heat to Lo, don't uncover and let it sit for at least 30 minutes more.) I also don't salt food. So for your guest, grind some coarse salt on. I also think this would be good with lentils and spinach. But that's just me. Thanks. Happy New Year.

guido22's Review

November 03, 2009
Made this recipe last night and loved it. Used veggie broth instead of chicken broth, and right before serving, I folded in some shredded Grafton Maple Smoked cheddar to give it a nice smoky flavor. I also added a little maple syrup to the leek carmelization process. My husband had three helpings.

sedutta's Review

December 04, 2008
This was the definite hit of Thanksgiving this year. I had to send out a mass email the next day with the recipe becuase so many people requested it! I followed the recipe exactly, except for adding some butter and parmesan at the end, as suggested by another reviewer. Next time, I might add some white wine to the leeks just before adding the mushrooms. A delicious and healthy side dish!