The nutty flavor and toothsome texture of barley make it a ideal complement for Parmesan cheese in this risotto-style dish. Be sure to use the convenient quick-cooking barley, which is available in most supermarkets, rather than regular barley, which takes much longer to cook.

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  • Snap off ends of asparagus stalks. Peel asparagus stalks with a vegetable peeler; cut into 1 1/2-inch lengths. Steam until just tender, about 3 minutes. Set aside.

  • Bring broth to a simmer in a saucepan or in the microwave; keep warm. Heat oil in a heavy, wide pan over medium heat. Add scallions and shiitakes and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add barley and stir for 1 minute. Add wine and stir until evaporated, about 1 minute.

  • Add about 1/2 cup of the hot broth and cook, stirring frequently, until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Continue cooking, adding enough broth, 1/2 cup at a time, and stirring frequently, until the barley is just tender and the mixture has a slightly saucy consistency, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese and the reserved asparagus. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Nutrition Facts

269 calories; 7.4 g total fat; 2.1 g saturated fat; 9 mg cholesterol; 690 mg sodium. 578 mg potassium; 37.4 g carbohydrates; 6.6 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 11.6 g protein; 1081 IU vitamin a iu; 10 mg vitamin c; 139 mcg folate; 121 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 29 mg magnesium;

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Rating: 5 stars
Wonderful and tastes perfectly guilty even though its not...! I might want to add an herb or something just to take it to the 'next' level but overall I was VERY pleased with this dish. I served as a main course but would work well along side ANY protien really... especially chicken I think. Good go-to recipe for impressing the in-laws.: ) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
As Tony the Tiger would say "Geeeerrrrrrrrrrate" Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this last night and thought it was wonderful. A real keeper. Read More