Mushroom & Barley Risotto

Mushroom & Barley Risotto


4 1/2 cupschicken stock or canned low-salt chicken broth
2 teaspoonsbutter
1 cupfinely chopped onion
1 cuppearl barley
2 teaspoonschopped fresh thyme or 3/4 teaspoon dried
1bay leaf
2 teaspoonsolive oil
1 poundassorted fresh mushrooms
1garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoonschopped fresh Italian parsley


Bring chicken stock to boil in heavy medium saucepan. Remove from heat, cover and set aside.

Melt 2 teaspoons butter in large nonstick skillet over low heat. Add onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes.

Add barley, thyme, bay leaf and 2 cups warm chicken stock; bring mixture to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until most of stock is absorbed, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Add remaining stock 1/2 cup at a time, allowing stock to be absorbed before adding more and stirring frequently until barley is tender, about 50 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat oil in another large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add mushrooms; sauté until beginning to brown, about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic. Reduce heat to medium; cover and cook until mushrooms are tender, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes. Mix in parsley and barley mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon risotto into bowls and serve immediately.

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