Barley Risotto with Asparagus and Shiitakes Recipe

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  • 12 ounces asparagus
  • 2 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 bunch scallions (white and light green parts), chopped
  • 4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps thinly sliced
  • 1 cup quick-cooking barley
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  1. Snap off ends of asparagus stalks. Peel asparagus stalks with a vegetable peeler; cut into 1 1/2-inch lengths. Steam until just tender, about 3 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Bring broth to a simmer in a saucepan or in the microwave; keep warm. Heat oil in a heavy, wide pan over medium heat. Add scallions and shiitakes and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add barley and stir for 1 minute. Add wine and stir until evaporated, about 1 minute.
  3. Add about 1/2 cup of the hot broth and cook, stirring frequently, until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Continue cooking, adding enough broth, 1/2 cup at a time, and stirring frequently, until the barley is just tender and the mixture has a slightly saucy consistency, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese and the reserved asparagus. Season with salt and pepper and serve.