This One Pan Mushroom Barley Risotto is a sautéed mixture of mushrooms, celery, onion and garlic cooked into broth and barley. It’s simple to make and incredibly delicious! The barley in this recipe gives the dish more of a creamy texture, which makes it the perfect grain to use for dairy free risotto.
Mushroom Barley Risotto is a great simple dinner or served as a side along with meat and vegetables. It seems way fancier than it actually is so it’s especially great to serve to impress guests!!
WHY USE BARLEY?
Risotto is traditionally made with carnaroli, arborio, or vialone nano rice. To prepare risotto with each of these grains, you have to stir almost constantly while cooking. What I love about using barley instead is that you can just cover it, let it cook and and wait for it be done! The only real work in making barley risotto is chopping and sautéing the vegetables before adding in the barley.
I’ve found that the easiest way to make perfect barley risotto every time is by using a covered sauté pan. With this style of cookware, the barley will cook much more evenly than in a deep pot.
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- 1 cup Dry Barley
- 8 oz. Mushrooms, chopped
- ½ White Onion, diced (~heaping ½ cup)
- 1 Celery Stalk, finely diced (~heaping ½ cup)
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 3½ cups Chicken Broth or Water
- ½ tsp Garlic Powder
- ¼ tsp Salt, plus more to taste (if you use low/no sodium chicken broth or water you will definitely need to add extra salt)
- In a large skillet (with a top- you'll need to use it later) place the onions, mushrooms, celery and olive oil. Sauté on medium/high heat until the mushrooms have lost all moisture. They should be soft, fragrant and slightly browned. This takes about 8-10 minutes.
- Add in the broth, barley and garlic powder. Stir, turn on low heat and cover. Let cook, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes.
- The barley will soak up the liquid and become soft and chewy. When all of the liquid is gone- it is done. Enjoy!
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