Mock Risotto

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Nutrition Info
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Ingredients

1/2 cup (3 1/4 ounces) whole grain brown rice

1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) pearl barley

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 small onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

Pinch crushed red pepper flakes, optional

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

1 pound thin asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces, 3 cups

6 ounces cremini mushrooms, quartered, 2 cups

2 ounces 1/3 less fat cream cheese

1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the rice and barley and cook until al dente, 15 minutes. Drain well.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, pepper flakes (if using) and salt and pepper to taste. Cook until the onion is tender and beginning to brown, 5 minutes. Stir in the drained rice mixture. Add 2 cups broth, cover and cook until the rice and barley are tender, 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. 3. Stir in the asparagus and mushrooms and continue to cook, covered, until the vegetables are tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining 1/2 cup broth, cream cheese and Parmesan until melted and creamy. Sprinkle with chives and zest.

Cook’s Note

A combination of barley and brown rice make this a hearty, no-fuss mock risotto. Packed with vegetables and given a little bit of creaminess from reduced fat cream cheese, this is a perfect vegetarian main dish or side dish.

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