Barley Risotto and Butternut Squash

Here is a clever use of a winter favorite; butternut squash. However, don’t be frightened by the word risotto. We know it instills fear in a lot of home cooks so instead of using traditional arborio rice in this online cooking course we’re using barley for a faster, less labor intensive cooking method. In fact, it only needs a few intermittent stirs. And when cooked this hearty grain has a creamy feel, soft chewy texture and nice nutty flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the butternut squash. Add in a little fresh sage and Parmesan cheese and you have a meal that is dressed to impress.

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