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Mushroom Barley Risotto

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“This homely, hearty dish is no faster than an Arborio risotto, but has the nutty chewiness of barley. Adapted from a recipe at Brown Eyed Baker.”

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  1. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until it starts to brown, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the mushrooms and saute until they have released all of their liquid and are golden brown, about 10 minutes. You can add 1 to 3 tablespoons of water if they start to stick.
  3. Stir in the herbs and garlic, then add the barley and stir to coat for 1 minute. Add 4 cups of the broth and bring to a boil over high heat.
  4. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is absorbed. Reduce the heat to medium and add more broth, ½ cup at a time, stirring until each addition is absorbed, until the barley is tender but still slightly firm. You may not use all of the broth, but you will use most of it.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and add the butter and cheese, stirring until incorporated. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

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