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Sunday Slow Cooker: Barley Risotto With Fennel

To get through the craziness of the holidays, I've been employing my slow cooker. Today I'm feeling like something creamy and soothing, but I want it to be healthy and light, too. I wasn't sure that could be possible until I came across this risotto, which calls for barley instead of regular Arborio rice. Although the dish will be smooth from hours of simmering in broth, it'll also have a nice texture that's different from rice, along with the bright flavor of fennel. To make this,

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sandy82 sandy82 8 years
i heart barley! I'll have to try this.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I just can't get into fennel. For me, the licorice-y taste really turns me off, but maybe I'd try a different veg with this.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i used to have the hardest time making risotto but now that i see more and more recipes here - it's become something that's a bit easier and more natural. this one sounds like it could be really good :)
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