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Asparagus & lemon pearl barley risotto

7
7
7
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
55 min
Prep
15 min
Cook
40 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy
This simple risotto uses barley instead of rice and showcases the lovely fresh flavour of the asparagus.

Ingredients

Asparagus, raw

250 g, trimmed

Calorie controlled cooking spray

4 spray(s)

Onion(s)

1 large, finely chopped

Celery, Raw

2 stick(s), finely chopped

Garlic

1 clove(s), crushed

Pearl barley, dry

225 g

Lemon(s)

1 zest(s) of 1

Lemon Juice, Fresh

30 ml

Mint, Fresh

5 sprig(s), finely chopped

Vegetable stock cube(s)

2 cube(s), made up with 1.25 litre hot water

Fennel Seeds

½ teaspoons, level

Instructions

  1. Slice the asparagus diagonally, keeping the tips in one piece. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large sauté pan misted with cooking spray. Add the onion, celery and fennel seeds, then cook, stirring, for 4-5 minutes until the vegetables are soft. Add the garlic and cook for a minute more.
  3. Stir in the barley. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes, then gradually pour in 1 litre of the stock, stirring after each addition, making sure all liquid is absorbed before adding more. This will take about 20 minutes on a low heat.
  4. Add the asparagus with the final 250ml of stock and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until the barley is tender.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the juice and most of the lemon zest, along with the chopped mint. Season to taste and serve scattered with the mint leaves and remaining zest.

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