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Monday, February 10, 2014

Baked Barley Risotto with Butternut Squash

This meal is so delicious, satisfying, and rather healthy, as well.  It is one of my go-to butternut squash recipes.

4 Tbsp olive oil
1 small butternut squash (about 1.5 lbs or 3 C), diced
1 onion, chopped
salt & pepper, to taste
1 C pearl barley
1/2 C dry white wine
3 C vegetable or chicken broth
6 ounces baby spinach
1/2 C grated Parmesan
1 C chicken, cooked and shredded

1.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2.) In a saucepan, heat oil.
3.) Add in the squash, onion, salt and pepper.
4.) Sautee until onion is soft.
5.) Stir in the prepared chicken.
6.) Add the barley and cook, stirring for 1 minute.
7.) Add the wine and cook, stirring until evaporated for 1 minute.
8.) Add the broth and bring to a boil.
9.) Transfer to an oven-safe pot and bake 35-40 minutes (until barley is soft).
10.) Stir in spinach and Parmesan.

Serves 4.