mixed grain risotto with spinach and charred scallions

This humble risotto needs barely any work: minimal stirring, few ingredients, and no butter.

By: Anna Decker / 08/05/2015

And yet it might be the creamiest risotto we’ve ever tasted. Red quinoa, pearl barley and steel-cut oats simmer over low heat while scallions blister in the oven. At the very end, we whisked in Parmesan and spinach for added creaminess and pockets of green. The final touch: those charred scallions draped over your steaming bowl of risotto. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

What you’ll need: 6 scallions 1 clove garlic 1 oz Parmesan (½ cup grated) ¼ cup red quinoa 2 tablespoons pearl barley 2 tablespoons steel-cut oats 8 oz vegetable broth 2 oz baby spinach olive oil coarse salt freshly ground black pepper medium skillet

Recipe Steps:

  1. Prep ingredients Trim roots from scallions. Thinly slice 2 of the scallions. Peel and finely chop garlic. Finely grate Parmesan.

  2. Saute aromatics Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add scallions and garlic and cook, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Cook grains Add quinoa, barley, and oats and cook, stirring, until quinoa begins to pop, about 3 minutes. Add vegetable broth and 3 cups water and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until grains are tender and liquid is mostly absorbed, 25–30 minutes.

  4. Broil scallions Meanwhile, preheat broiler with rack in highest position. Toss whole scallions with 2 teaspoons olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Broil, flipping halfway through, until lightly charred, about 4 minutes.

  5. Finish risotto Stir spinach and almost all of Parmesan into risotto (reserve some for serving), stirring until spinach wilts, about 1 minute; season with salt and pepper.

  6. Serve Serve risotto topped with charred scallions and a bit of Parmesan. Enjoy!

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