Barley, Butternut Squash, and Shiitake Risotto

Barley, Butternut Squash, and Shiitake Risotto

Like risotto in texture but not in cooking method, this one-dish meal’s creaminess is underscored with the addition of Taleggio, a soft Italian cheese. You can substitute Brie if you like.
• Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)

• 3 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash (about 1 1/2 pounds)
• 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
• 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
• 2 cups thinly sliced shiitake mushroom caps (about 1/2 pound)
• 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
• 1 cup uncooked pearl barley
• 2 garlic cloves, chopped
• 2/3 cup white wine
• 3 1/2 cups organic vegetable broth
• 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
• 4 ounces Taleggio cheese, diced
• 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves

1. Preheat oven to 450°.
2. Combine squash, 1 tablespoon oil, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; toss well to coat. Arrange squash mixture in a
single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 450° for 25 minutes, stirring once.
3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; sauté 5 minutes or until
browned, stirring occasionally. Transfer mushroom mixture to a bowl; keep warm.
4. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in pan. Add onion; saut´´ 4 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.
5. Add barley and garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
6. Add wine; bring to a boil. Cook 3 minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed.
7. Add broth, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper; bring to a boil.
8. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until barley is tender and liquid is nearly absorbed.
9. Remove from heat; add cheese, stirring until cheese melts. Stir in squash, mushrooms, and thyme. Serve immediately.

Cooking Light MARCH 2010

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