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Spring Vegetable Barley Risotto

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  Canned low sodium chicken broth 29 Ounce (2 Cans, 14 1/2 Ounce Each)
  Water 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Leek 1 Medium, trimmed, halved lengthwise, and thinly sliced to make 1 cup
  Dried marjoram/Thyme 1⁄2 Teaspoon, crumbled
  Salt To Taste
  Pearled barley 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Carrot 1 Small, cut into matchsticks to make 1/3 cup
  Chopped fresh parsley 2 Tablespoon
  Pepper To Taste

1. Bring broth and water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to very low and keep warm.
2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in leek, marjoram or thyme, and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring often, until wilted, about 2 minutes. Stir in barley and cook, stirring, until coated with oil, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium.
3. Add about 1 cup of the broth mixture (be careful, as this first addition will bubble up fiercely). Cook, stirring very frequently, until broth is nearly absorbed, about 4 minutes. Continue to cook, adding 1/2 cup broth at a time, stirring occasionally, until barley is creamy and tender, 40 to 50 minutes. (Barley can be a little soupy at this point.) Either finish the or remove from the heat, cover, and let stand for 30 minutes.
4. To finish, bring 1/4 inch of salted water to a boil in a medium skillet over high heat. Add carrot and cook until crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain. Stir carrot and parsley into the barley and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Spring, Everyday, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
40 Minutes
Ready In: 
50 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 941 Calories from Fat 330

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 37 g57.5%

Saturated Fat 6 g30.2%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 743 mg31%

Total Carbohydrates 131 g43.7%

Dietary Fiber 24.2 g96.9%

Sugars 11.7 g

Protein 32 g64%

Vitamin A 282.1% Vitamin C 109.6%

Calcium 28% Iron 69.8%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Spring Vegetable Barley Risotto Recipe