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Barley risotto with feta, chorizo and arugula pesto

Mains, Risotto, Pasta and Rice, Pork

Pearl barley is the perfect replacement for the arborio rice in this recipe flavored with chorizo and feta cheese and topped with a an arugula pesto that gives all its flavor to the risotto once it gets mixed up.

L'idée déco

It is advantageous to precook the pearl barley as it has quite a long cooking time.


Recipe for 4 persons

For the risotto

300 Gr
Pearled barley
200 Ml
White wine
1 Liter(s)
Chicken stock
1 Unit(s)
Red onion
100 Gr
Spanish chorizo
100 Gr
Feta cheese
50 Gr
Pitted kalamata olives

For the arugula pesto

150 Gr
Arugula salad
50 Gr
Parmigiano reggiano
15 Ml
Pine nuts
1 Clove(s)
15 Ml
White balsamic vinegar
100 Ml
Olive oil
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Butter
Barley risotto with feta, chorizo and arugula pesto

Preparation time: 30.00 min

  • General preparation

    Brown the pine nuts in a dry frying pan or in the oven. Chop the red onion. Crumble the feta cheese. Cut the olives into pieces. Cut the chorizo into dice. In plenty of boiling water, cook the barley 12 minutes. Drain well and rinse with cold water.

  • Arugula pesto preparation

    In a food processor, place all ingredients: roasted pine nuts, rocket (keep a few leaves for garnish), Parmesan, garlic and olive oil. Mix well to obtain a homogeneous texture. Season with salt and pepper, finish with a dash of white balsamic vinegar and set aside.

  • Risotto preparation

    In a large pan with a drizzle of olive oil, sauté the red onion and chorizo over medium heat in oil 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the pre-cooked barley pre-cooked and then deglaze with white wine. Finish cooking barley with chicken broth. Once the desired texture is obtained, add the olives and feta. Remove from heat and add some butter. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

  • Dressage de votre assiette

    Present your risotto in a bowl. Garnish with a little pesto and a few leaves of rocket. You can also decorate with a drizzle of reduced balsamic vinegar.

It is advantageous to precook the pearl barley as it has quite a long cooking time.

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