Tomato and barley risotto faces

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Pearl barley risotto faces

Easy tomato sauce

1
Soak the pearl barley in water overnight, then drain well
2
For the tomato sauce, blanch the tomatoes for a few seconds in a pan of boiling water then transfer to a bowl of iced water. Peel the skins, remove the seeds and dice the flesh
3
Place a pan over a low-medium heat and add olive oil. Once the oil is hot, sweat the shallots and garlic. Add the diced tomatoes and 200ml of vegetable stock and cook for 15 minutes
4
Transfer to a blender and blitz until smooth. Pass through a sieve and set aside
5
For the risotto, place a heavy-based pan over a medium heat and add vegetable oil. Once the oil is hot, add the diced shallots and crushed garlic and cook until transparent
6
Add the pearl barley and fry gently for 2 minutes. Then, add the tomato sauce, a little at a time, stirring constantly until all the sauce has been absorbed
7
Gradually add the remaining stock, stirring at regular intervals until the barley is tender and all the stock has been absorbed
  • 600ml of vegetable stock
8
One by one, cook the baby corn, green beans, carrot and beetroot - it is important you cook this last - in lightly salted boiling water for 2 minutes each. Strain and set aside
9
Stir in the Parmesan and divide the risotto onto 4 plates, shaping each mound into a circle
10
Arrange the vegetables on top to make faces (carrots for mouth, corn for nose, beetroot for eyes and beans for eyebrows) and serve immediately
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