Mushroom Barley Risotto

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mushroom barley risotto

I absolutely love this dish!  I love the flavour and texture of barley.  This dish doesn’t have the typical risotto flavor and texture, the barley is a little bit nuttier than short grain rice and has a little bit more of an al dente texture.

Mushrooms are easily one of my favorite veggies so I love to be able to incorporate them into my meals.  When I saw a packages of beautiful fresh exotic mushrooms in my local store, I created this dish!  Instead of a side dish, I enjoyed it for lunch with a salad!

Mushroom Barley Risotto

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Unique, elegant, and flavorful dish cooked with mushrooms, garlic, and mixed with parmesan cheese for a creamy and savory flavor! 


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tablespoons dry white wine
  • 8 oz mixed wild mushrooms cleaned and sliced (Use your choice of cremini, white, portebello)
  • 3-4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 cup pearl barley
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese finely shredded
  • 1/2 Tablespoon truffle oil (optional)
  • pinch of salt

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  1. Heat olive oil in a saucepan. Add onion and cook 4 minutes until soft.

  2. Add mushrooms & garlic and cook 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Add barley and cook 2 minutes.

  3. Pour in white wine and cook until evaporated
  4. Add 3 cups of chicken broths and dijon mustard. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 55 minutes until liquid evaporates stirring occasionally. If liquid evaporates before barley is cooked, add remaining broth.

  5. Once barley is soft, stir in 1/2 of the cheese, salt and parsley.

  6. Top with remaining cheese and if desired, truffle oil.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition information calculated without optional ingredients.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 296, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 4mg, Sodium: 179mg, Potassium: 490mg, Carbohydrates: 47g, Fiber: 10g, Sugar: 3g, Protein: 12g, Vitamin A: 133%, Vitamin C: 3%, Calcium: 102%, Iron: 2%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Barley Risotto


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