Mushroom “Risotto” with Barley (A great dish with an easier method using barley)

Serves 4


  • 2 teaspoons of Olive Oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced – about 1 1/2 cups
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced – 2 teaspoons
  • 5 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 ¼ cups pearl barley
  • 6 oz. Mushrooms
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Heat olive oil and add onion and garlic sauté until softened and beginning to brown.  Add broth, barley, mushrooms, and soy sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until most liquid is absorbed and mixture is thickened. This will take about 40 minutes. In the last couple of minutes of cooking, stir in the cheese and season with salt and pepper.