Recipe: Barley Risotto

11th November, 2019
by Julian | 2 Min Read
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From The Barn's cookbook

Try this comforting and tasty dish - just right for colder, darker nights.

Says Barn Manager Tasha Bassingthwaighte: "We just ate it for lunch and one person who has been here for two weeks said it was her favourite meal so far!"

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200g barley

400ml vegetable stock

1 butternut squash, diced

2 tsp chopped fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried

Black pepper, to taste

4 tbsp olive oil

2 leeks, sliced

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

175g mushrooms, sliced

2 carrots, grated

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Juice of half a lemon

1 tsp tamari or soy sauce

3 tbsp toasted pumpkin seeds


Making this dish

Rinse barley and soak in cold water for 1 hour. Rince again and cover with the stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for 35-45 minutes, until the grains are soft.

Place squash in a roasting tin with half the thyme. Season with black pepper and toss with half the oil. Roast for 30-35 minutes at 200oc/gas mark 6.

Stir fry the leeks and garlic for 5 minutes with the rest of the oil. Add mushrooms and the rest of the thyme and cook for a further 5 minutes. Add carrots and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add cooked barley and 100ml more water and cook for 5 minutes. Add parsley, squash, lemon juice, tamari and seeds and serve immediately.

Picture by Guy Clarke