Total TimePrep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 3/4 cup medium pearl barley
- 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 cup white wine or additional water
- 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
- In a small saucepan, bring broth to a simmer; keep hot.
- In another small saucepan over medium-high heat, cook and stir the barley for 2-4 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer to a small bowl. In the same saucepan, saute onion in oil for 2 minutes. Add garlic; saute 1 minute longer or until onion is tender. Stir in barley and wine. Cook and stir until all of the liquid is absorbed.
- Add hot broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly and allowing the liquid to absorb between additions. Cook just until barley is almost tender (cooking time is about 20 minutes). Add the parsley and lemon zest; cook and stir until heated through. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts1/2 cup: 184 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 742mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 6g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.
Sep 21, 2015
Oh yum! I needed to add a little more broth to fully cook the barley, but wow! This is so delicious. I also added some sauteed mushrooms like another reviewer suggested. Today I topped a bowl of this with feta cheese. This is a keeper.
May 18, 2014
Nov 11, 2012
Can someone please tell me where to find sodium-free chicken boullion granules? This recipe sounds delicious!
Nov 10, 2012
I really like barley and have been looking for recipes that use it other than in a soup. This was VERY tasty. I wasn't sure how barley would turn out as a risotto but it worked great. The lemon zest adds a wonderful flavor and aroma. I agree with one of the other reviewer, taste it at the end before adding salt. Mine didn't need any added salt either. Try it, you won't be disappointed!
Nov 8, 2012
I was really happy with this recipe. My husband loves the regular (rice) risotto that I make and so I wasn't sure how excited he would be about this but we are trying to eat a little healthier so I thought I'd try it. It was really good. I made a few substitutions and additions but nothing too major. I used unsalted chicken broth instead of the water and bouillon and I used a couple of splashes of lemon juice instead of lemon peel. I also added baby bella mushrooms and some celery to the dish. It was very tasty. Thanks!
May 17, 2010
My husband picked this recipe out for me to make, and thank goodness he did! We loved it! This was my first time making a risotto, and I was sort of surprised how easy it really was to do. Sure, it was time consuming, but well worth the effort.
Feb 5, 2010
I was unsure how this would taste but gave it a try. Wow the flavor and texture were great. The lemon zest added a super fresh taste but didn't over power it. I served this with a slowcooker lemon chicken from this website and the risotto soaked up the thin sauce from the chicken and it was yummy. I would caution you to taste the risotto before adding salt in the end, mine didn't need it. I love using barley in soups and am so glad to have found this recipe. If you have never made a risotto before just be prepare to stand over it and stir for 30 minutes!
Oct 22, 2009
More and more I am amazed at the wide variety of tastes associated with and around barley. This is a grain that should be showcased more often. Not only is a textured delight, but imagine, it's good for you too!