Not only is Pearl Barley cheap but it's good for you too! Rich in minerals including calcium, iron & potassium & a good source of B Vitamins in particular B3 & B6 which are vital for energy, healthy red blood cells & nervous system! So you can be healthy & save money! If you prefer leave out the bacon & add more veg, or whatever takes your fancy!
Serves 2-3 Approx 67p per person
Prep 10 minutes Cooking 40 minutes
5-6 rashers smoked streaky bacon
I onion, finely chopped
2 tsp dried parsley
2 garlic cloves, crushed
200g pearl barley
1 litre veg stock
100g frozen peas
100g cream cheese with chives or garlic & herb
salt & pepper
Dry fry the bacon until golden then place on kitchen paper.
In the same pan heat some oil & cook the onion for about 4 minutes then add the garlic & parsley then cook for another minute.
Add the bacon back to the pan then stir in the barley & add about 1/3 of the stock.
Simmer for 40 minutes, stir occasionally & add the stock gradually as it gets absorbed.
Season to taste with salt & pepper.
Add the peas for the 5 minutes of cooking. The barley should be cooked through & a little bit of liquid left.
Take the pan off the heat & allow the risotto to sit for a minute.
Stir in the cream cheese & serve.