Asparagus & barley risotto
- CourseMain meal
- Prepare5 mins
- Cook35 mins
- Total time40 mins
- 300g asparagus
- 1 tbsp vegan vegetable bouillon
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 shallots, thinly sliced
- 2 clove/s garlic, crushed
- 150g pearl barley
- 3 sprig/s tarragon, leaves only
- 1/4 x 1 tsp Freshly ground nutmeg
- 40g vegan original block, finely grated
Trim and halve the asparagus. Cook in boiling water for 2 minutes, then drain in a colander over a large measuring jug to keep 500ml of the cooking water. Whisk the bouillon into the water.
Heat the olive oil in a saucepan and fry the shallots for 3 minutes. Tip in the garlic and pearl barley and cook for 2 minutes, stirring. Add the stock and cook over a medium heat for 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the tarragon and cook for 5-10 minutes until the risotto has thickened and the grains are tender.
Stir in the asparagus and nutmeg and cook for another couple of minutes, adding a splash of water if the consistency is dry. Serve in shallow bowls, scattered with the grated vegan block.
This is a great use for pearl barley, but you could use risotto rice or another grain if you have it. Just adjust the cooking time according to pack instructions and add a little more liquid to loosen if needed.
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