Barley, Mushroom and Winter Squash Risotto



1 large acorn or butternut squash , halved and seeded (about 1 1/2 pounds)
3 1/2 cups light vegetable stock or water
1 tablespoon ground turmeric
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic , finely minced
1 pound chantarelles or portobello mushrooms , sliced
1 cup barley
1/4 cup snipped, fresh chives
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Cooking Instructions

1. Preheat your oven to 400°F. Cut the squash surface down, then place in an oven-proof baking dish. Place on the lower rack of the oven and cook until tender, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven, scoop out the flesh in tablespoon size pieces from the skin and reserve.

2. Meanwhile, place the barley in a fine strainer and rinse under cold running water to remove any residue of the bitter husks. Drain thoroughly.

3. In a small saucepan, bring the stock or water to a boil and add the turmeric. Keep the seasoned stock hot over low heat.

4. Heat the olive oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook until tender and slightly browned, about 10 minutes. Add the barley cooking until the grains are hot, about 3 minutes.

5. Add 1 cup of hot stock and cook until just about all of the liquid has been absorbed. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Continue to add the stock 1 cup at a time, letting the barley absorb the stock before adding more. The barley is cooked when the grains are al dente, tender yet still with a resilient bite, about 20 to 25 minutes total.

6. Stir in the squash chunks just to reheat without crushing. Remove from the heat. Stir in half of the chives and Parmesan cheese. Adjust the seasonings one last time as necessary.

7. Spoon the risotto into warm rimmed soup plates. Garnish with the remaining chives and Parmesan cheese.

Serving Size: about 1 cup

Nutrition Information

Number of Servings: 8
8 g
Total Carbohydrate
38 g
Dietary Fiber
9 g
Soluble Fiber
0 g
Insoluble Fiber
0 g
7 g
Total Fat
5 g
Saturated Fat
1 g
Monounsaturated Fat
3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat
0 g
Trans Fatty Acid (tfa)
0 g
3 mg
Omega-3 Fatty Acid
0 g
Omega-6 Fatty Acid
0 g
Percent Calories from Protein
14 %
Percent Calories from Carbohydrate
66 %
Percent Calories from Fat
20 %
Vitamin A
893 IU
Vitamin B1- Thiamin
0 mg
Vitamin B2 - Riboflavin
0 mg
Vitamin B3 - Niacin
2 mg
Vitamin B6
0 mg
Vitamin B12
0 mcg
0 mcg
Vitamin C
26 mg
Vitamin D
0 IU
30 mcg
Vitamin E
1 IU
Vitamin K
0 mcg
Pantothenic Acid
0 mg
117 mg
2 mg
39 mg
505 mg
487 mg
0 mg