Miso Barley Risotto

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Preparation Time 20 minutes Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 Cost Per Serving $1.85
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1 cupBarley
1/2 cupOnion or Shallot, sliced
1/2 cupMushrooms Dried and Fresh
3 tbspMiso
2 tbspThyme or Parsley
1/4 cupParmesan, grated
2 tbspOlive Oil
To TasteSea Salt & Black Pepper


  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil, reduce to a simmer and add mushrooms and miso. Reduce heat to low and let it simmer.
  2. In a deep saute pan over medium heat, add olive oil and onions. Cook until soft, about 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the barley and toast for 1 minutes.
  4. Add about two ladles of the miso broth at a time and cook until most of the liquid is absorbed. Continue to add more broth until the barley is tender, about 30 minutes. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and stir through.
  5. Finish with fresh parmesan and herbs, season to taste.


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