Wild-Mushroom Risotto

Wild-Mushroom Risotto is a delicious, cheesy and hearty recipe for a meatless meal. It takes about (2) Hours total time for this recipe. [Note: If you can’t locate all the mushroom varieties listed in the ingredient list; any available variety may be substituted that is available in your area]. Ingredients Include: Barley, oyster, cremini, porcini and shiitake mushrooms; leeks, garlic and Parmesan cheese. It is well-seasoned with salt, pepper and thyme. This is also a healthy, low fat, low calories, low cholesterol, low sodium, low carbohydrates, vegetarian, heart-healthy and Weight Watchers (6 PointsPlus) recipe. Makes: (6) servings. Serving Size: (1-1/2) cups per serving. Wild-Mushroom Risotto will be loved by all of your family, friends and guests.
Prep Time: 30 Minutes.
Cooking Time: 1-1/2 Hours.
Total Time: About 2 Hours.


1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups thinly sliced leek (about 2 large)
(8 oz) oyster mushrooms, sliced
(8 oz) cremini mushrooms, sliced
(5 oz) shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, sliced
1 cup uncooked pearl barley
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 tsp chopped fresh thyme, divided
8 cups water
(1/2 oz) dried porcini mushrooms, coarsely chopped
(3 oz) vegetarian Parmesan cheese, grated (about 3/4 cup)
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper


1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add leek; sauté 10 minutes or until tender.

2. Add in oyster, cremini, and shiitake mushrooms; cook 15 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.

3. Add the barley and garlic to pan; cook 2 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring frequently.

4. Add wine and 1 teaspoon of the thyme; simmer 1 minute or until liquid is nearly absorbed. Add 8 cups water and porcini mushrooms. Reduce heat and simmer 1 hour or until barley is tender and creamy, stirring frequently.

5. Stir in the Parmesan, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon thyme. Serve immediately.

Yield: 6 Servings.
Serving Size: 1-1/2 cups per serving.

Weight Watchers (6 PointsPlus)
Carb Choices: 2-1/2

Calories: 273, Total Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 12mg, Sodium: 398mg, Carbohydrates: 38.5g, Fiber: 8g, Protein: 12.6g

Original recipe and image from CookingLight. http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/barley-risotto-wild-mushrooms

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