11 April 2008

Risotto Soup

One-dish meals have to be the second greatest invention ever.

One of the restaurants we like here, Coco's, makes this lovely Risotto soup that is light, warming and quite filling.

I made this attempt at home. With way smaller vegetable bits, and with little bits of what vegetables I could lay my hands on, and needles to say, left out vegetables that my three gourmets turn up their noses at. It turned out quite alright. Just right for an eat-as-you-work dinner. Ideally, the vegetable chunks could be larger. I made them bite sized for the kids.... artistic and culinary integrity take a flying leap.

Risotto Soup
(not quite the same as Coco's makes it)
serves 4

4 tbsp rice (uncooked)
1 tbsp barley
1 cup corn
1 medium carrot (peeled and diced)
4 French beans (chopped)
1/4 cup cauliflower florets (cut into small pieces)
2 soup cubes
6 cups water
1 tbsp butter
salt and white pepper to taste

Wash and rinse rice and barley.
Soak in 6 cups hot water for 1 hour.
Strain the rice and barley. Reserve the water used for soaking.
Melt butter in a saucepan.
Sauté the cauliflower florets, carrots, corn and Beans in butter for 2 minutes.
Add rice and barley, sauté for a minute.
Add the reserved water, and the soup cubes.
Bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for 20 minutes, or till the rice and barley are cooked.
Adjust salt to taste.
Season with white pepper and serve hot

Some things that would taste great in this soup (which were left out for the sake of fussy eaters) mushrooms, turnips, edamame (green beans, a local speciality), daikon pieces, all cut in bigger chunks.


Divya Vikram said...

yummy soup..

Arundathi said...

Mmmm I love barley soups...Thanks. Gonna try this for my daughter.

Happy cook said...

I too love one dish food.
Soup looks delicious

shriya said...

Looks like a very healthy option. simple and yummy soup.

ANJALI J. said...

sounds goods.will try this weekend.

Vaishali said...

Vidya, I love the idea of a risotto soup. The veggies must add quite a bit of flavor and nutritive value. Also love the blog name!

Sagari said...

soup looks reallyyy yummy

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jj said...

Looks delicious!

mitr_bayarea said...


nice simple recipe for risotto soup...

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Cynthia said...

So many meals are saved with a one-pot dish. I like the idea of the risotto soup.

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hetal said...

This is a gr8 recipe and healthy too!!!

Jackie said...

This sounds great - something I've been looking for, I swear! I'm trying to make healthier soups and this certainly fills that bill! Thanks so much.

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Knorr Soup said...

Vidya, it looks like you have managed to capture the right mix of flavour, aroma and taste. Even better, your one-meal soup is full of delightfully crunchy veggies and so healthy for us given today’s lifestyles. The idea of including barley and rice in a soup is unique and very healthy. The right way to great health is by eating healthy and avoiding unhealthy snacks. Check out our blog at http://knorratseven.blogspot.com/ for expert tips on healthy eating habits.

Anna said...

Thank you for posting this soup recipe it looks delicious :)

Cover photos said...

yummyyyy... and the pictures are very very good.. i love this recipe as well.. wud try it definately..:)

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