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Spinach-Barley Risotto

Add traditional Italian flavors to your dinner table with this tasty spinach and barley risotto.

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  • prep time 10 min
  • total time 35 min
  • ingredients 10
  • servings 2
 

Ingredients

2
teaspoons olive oil
1
cup thinly sliced mushrooms (4 ounces)
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1 1/2
cups reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
1
teaspoon garlic pepper seasoning blend
1
teaspoon Dijon mustard
3/4
cup uncooked quick-cooking barley or pearl barley, presoaked*
1/3
cup instant wild rice
1/4
cup dried cranberries
2
cups packed spinach leaves, shredded (3 ounces)

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  • 1 Heat oil in 10-inch non-stick skillet over high heat. Cook mushrooms and onion in oil. Stir in broth, garlic pepper seasoning blend and mustard. Cover and heat to boiling. Stir in remaining ingredients except spinach; reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 10 minutes, stirring once. Stir in spinach; cover and simmer about 5 minutes or until water is absorbed and barley and wild rice are tender.
  • 1 Heat oil in 10-inch non-stick skillet over high heat. Cook mushrooms and onion in oil. Stir in broth, garlic pepper seasoning blend and mustard. Cover and heat to boiling. Stir in remaining ingredients except spinach; reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 10 minutes, stirring once. Stir in spinach; cover and simmer about 5 minutes or until water is absorbed and barley and wild rice are tender.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Pearl barley gives this dish the creaminess of the traditional long-cooking risotto that uses arborio rice, and it cuts cooking time! You can also use quick-cooking barley -- it reduces cooking time even more as there is no presoaking, but the dish won't be quite as creamy.

*Presoak pearl barley in 2 cups of water at least 5 hours or overnight; drain.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
450
(
Calories from Fat
65),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
7%
(Saturated Fat
1g,
1%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
580mg
580%;
Total Carbohydrate
95g
95%
(Dietary Fiber
14g
14%
),
Protein
16g
16%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
46%;
Vitamin C
20%;
Calcium
10%;
Iron
26%;
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.