Caitlin Bensel
Hands-On Time
45 Mins
Total Time
45 Mins
Serves 4

This creamy and luscious risotto dinner is pretty enough to be served in a restaurant, and hearty enough to please vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. Whole-grain barley is a healthier take on old-fashioned Arborio rice, and it has a more toothsome bite. Take note of the grain-toasting step, which is a simple way to add deep flavor to simmered grains. The dish is perfectly balanced thanks to a radicchio and parsley slaw—an unusual but delicious topping for risotto. Serve with a dry white wine or a spicy red one to cut through the richness.

How to Make It

Step 1

Whisk balsamic, 1 tablespoon oil, and ¼ teaspoon salt in a large bowl; set aside.

Step 2

Bring broth and 3½ cups water to a simmer in a saucepan over medium. Keep at a low simmer.

Step 3

Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add barley, onion, garlic, and remaining ½ teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring often, until barley is toasted and onion softens, about 6 minutes. Add wine and cook, stirring often, for 30 seconds. Ladle 1 cup broth mixture into skillet and cook, stirring constantly, until liquid is absorbed, about 1 minute. Ladle in remaining broth mixture, ½ to ¾ cup at a time, stirring often, until liquid is absorbed between additions, 25 to 30 minutes. Stir in grated cheese. Add up to ½ cup water to loosen consistency, if needed.

Step 4

Toss radicchio, parsley, and hazelnuts with balsamic mixture. Serve with risotto. Top with shaved cheese.

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