Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato and Barley Risotto

Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato and Barley Risotto

Every spoonful of creamy barley risotto is dotted with lovely sweet potatoes and edamame.

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teaspoon olive or vegetable oil
1 1/2
cups chopped sweet onions (3 medium)
medium cloves garlic, finely chopped
oz dark-orange sweet potatoes (about 2 medium), peeled, finely chopped (about 3 1/2 cups)
1 1/4
cups uncooked pearl barley
teaspoon dried thyme leaves
teaspoon salt
carton (32 oz) Progresso® chicken broth (4 cups) or vegetable broth
cup frozen shelled edamame (green) soybeans (from 12-oz bag), thawed
tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  1. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until translucent. Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, until softened.
  2. Spray 3- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In cooker, mix sweet potatoes, barley, thyme, salt and 3 cups of the broth. Add onion-garlic mixture.
  3. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 4 to 5 hours.
  4. In 2-cup microwavable measuring cup, microwave remaining 1 cup broth on High 2 to 3 minutes or until boiling. Stir thawed edamame and boiling broth into barley mixture in cooker. Increase heat setting to High; cover and cook 25 to 30 minutes longer or until edamame are tender. Serve in shallow bowls; sprinkle with cheese.
Makes 6 servings (1 1/3 cups each)
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Like oatmeal, barley is high in soluble fiber. It is believed to help lower your cholesterol.
This is a perfect dish to serve if you have a vegetarian in your family. It makes a healthy main dish (edamame provides the protein), and is an equally delicious side dish for beef, pork or chicken.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 290
    • (Calories from Fat 30),
  • Total Fat 3 1/2g
    • (Saturated Fat 1g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 0mg;
  • Sodium 830mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 54g
    • (Dietary Fiber 10g,
    • Sugars 8g),
  • Protein 11g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 3 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 0 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 1 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 3 1/2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.