Popular Spring Dishes

May 29, 2023


Spring Orzotto

Here’s a recipe for spring orzotto, a delicious dish similar to risotto but made with pearl barley (orzo) instead of Arborio rice. This recipe incorporates fresh spring vegetables to dress it up and enhance the flavors:


1 cup pearl barley (orzo)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup asparagus, trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
1 cup fresh peas
4 cups vegetable broth (or chicken broth)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste


1. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and sauté until the onion becomes translucent and fragrant.

2. Add the pearl barley to the pan and stir it around for a minute or two to lightly toast it. This step helps enhance its nutty flavor.

3. Gradually pour in the vegetable broth, about 1/2 cup at a time, stirring occasionally. Allow the broth to absorb into the barley before adding more. Continue this process until the barley is cooked and has a tender, creamy consistency. It usually takes around 30-40 minutes.

4. While the barley is cooking, blanch the asparagus and peas. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the vegetables for about 2 minutes. Then, transfer them to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process and preserve their vibrant green color. Drain and set aside.

5. Once the barley is cooked, stir in the blanched asparagus and peas. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until the vegetables are heated through.

6. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the grated Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and sprinkle the chopped parsley over the top.

7. Serve the spring orzotto immediately while it’s still warm. You can garnish it with additional Parmesan cheese and parsley, if desired.

Enjoy your delicious spring orzotto with the vibrant flavors of seasonal vegetables!