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Mushroom Barley Risotto

Vegan Mushroom Barley Risotto Recipe

If you’re looking for a delicious and vegan-friendly alternative to traditional risotto, give this vegan mushroom barley risotto recipe a try. Not only is it packed with flavor, but it’s also super easy to make and requires just a few simple ingredients.

One of the best parts about this recipe is that it utilizes blended mushrooms to give it an insanely rich and umami flavor, as well as a creamy texture. Trust me, you’ll be amazed at how delicious it is.

Another great thing about this recipe is that it uses pearl barley instead of traditional arborio rice. Not only is pearl barley more affordable, but it’s also just as delicious once it’s cooked properly. And don’t forget to garnish with some freshly chopped parsley or cilantro for an extra burst of flavor.

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Mushroom Barley Risotto Recipe
5 from 3 votes

Mushroom Barley Risotto

Creamy, Umami Vegan Mushroom Barley Risotto Recipe
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Course -Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine -Universal
Keyword -creamy, creamy mushroom pasta, mushrooms, pearl barley salad, risotto, umami
Prep Time -5 minutes
Cook Time -27 minutes
Total Time -32 minutes
Servings -3 people
Calories -378kcal
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  • Soak dried shiitake mushrooms in a bowl of hot water for 20 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, soak rinsed barley in hot water for 20 minutes.
  • *After 20 minutes* Once they're soaked, drain the mushrooms (do not discard the soaking water) and slice them into pieces. Also drain the barley. Set aside.
  • Set a cooking pan over medium heat. Add oil. Once it's hot, add garlic + onion and stir-sauté for 2-3 minutes, or until translucent.
  • Add the button mushrooms + shiitake mushrooms and stir-sauté for 10 minutes, or until much of the moisture is gone.
  • Now remove and transfer around 1 cup of this mixture to a blender and blend (with the soaking mushroom water from earlier) until creamy. Transfer it back to the cooking pan.
  • Add rice vinegar + salt + pepper + barley + water to the pan. Stir-mix and cover the pan. Cook over medium heat for 15-18 minutes, or until the barley is soft. Make sure you give it a quick stir every 4-5 minutes.
  • Once cooked, add freshly chopped parsley / cilantro and mix. Creamy, umami mushroom barley risotto is ready. Transfer to serving dishes and enjoy while it's still hot.
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  1. If you want your risotto more creamy, simply blend more mushrooms. However, you'll need to stir more frequently while it's cooking (and under a lower heat - there is going to be a lot of splatter with a thicker/creamier risotto).


Calories: 378 kcal | Carbohydrates: 63 g | Protein: 12 g | Fat: 11 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7 g | Sodium: 801 mg | Potassium: 732 mg | Fiber: 13 g | Sugar: 5 g | Vitamin A: 17 IU | Vitamin C: 7 mg | Calcium: 46 mg | Iron: 3 mg

If you liked this Mushroom Barley Risotto recipe, check out this delicious Pearl Barley Salad I posted earlier.

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3 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    Me and my kids loved this risotto. Many thanks, Neelam.

  2. 5 stars
    Yum! This came out super creamy. I made it alongside some stir-sautéed bok choy and everything was so wonderful.

  3. VeganliciousBee says:

    5 stars
    I’ve been blending mushrooms as long as I can remember and it’s crazy delicious. So umami. 🙂

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