Orgetto with peas, lemon and mint

Orgetto with peas, lemon and mint

Portions

4

Preparation Time

Cooking Time

Ingredients

  • 310 mL (1 ¼ cups) pearl barley
  • 45 mL (3 tbsp.) chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds, etc.)
  • 250 mL (1 cup) grated Parmesan cheese, separated
  • 10 mL (2 tsp.) olive oil
  • 10 mL (2 tsp.) butter
  • 2 French shallots, chopped
  • 750 mL (3 cups) vegetable stock, hot
  • 625 mL (2 1/2 cups) Arctic Gardens peas
  • ½ to 1 lemon, zest
  • 30 to 45 mL (2 to 3 tbsp.) chopped fresh mint
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Preparation

  1. In a saucepan, bring salted water to a boil and cook barley for 15 minutes. Drain and rinse.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 450oF (230oC). 
  3. On a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, place chopped nuts in small piles and sprinkle generously with 60 mL (1/4 cup) grated Parmesan. 
  4. Bake for 4 to 5 minutes until golden and crisp. Let cool and break into pieces to garnish the orgetto.
  5. In a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil and melt butter. Cook shallots for 2 minutes.
  6. Add pre-cooked barley and toss to coat with oil and butter.
  7. Reduce heat to medium-low, add hot broth 125 mL (1/2 cup) at a time, letting it absorb between each addition. Cook until barley is tender, about 10 minutes. Add peas at the same time as the last addition of broth and cook for at least 3-4 minutes.
  8. Add lemon zest, mint and remaining Parmesan cheese and stir to blend. Season to taste.
  9. Serve orgetto in soup plates. Garnish with walnut and parmesan crisp as is or with fish, shrimp or scallops.
     

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