Scarlet Mushroom and Beetroot Barley Risotto Recipe

One of the fab things about meeting new school families is… new recipes! Here’s one from a lovely school mum who is not only vegetarian but also Scottish. Double winner for me. My new pal’s Scarlet Mushroom and Beetroot Barley Risotto is a dinner winner.

Lara made this for the very first time when she was only 17 and had just started at Edinburgh University. Those were the days.

grated beetroot


Scarlet Mushroom and Beetroot Barley Risotto


one finely chopped onion

2 garlic cloves, chopped

3 – 4 cups (350 – 4–g) sliced mushrooms, any type

1/2 tsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp fresh rosemary (or you can get away with dried mixed herbs)

1 tbsp soy sauce

1/2 cup white wine, cider works too

1 cup pearl barley

3 cups vegetable stock

1 fresh beetroot, grated, 2 if v small

black pepper

chopped fresh parsley (optional)

close up mushrooms


1. Fry the onion and garlic until soft.

2. Add mushrooms and cover, cook on low until liquid is released.

3. Stir in the thyme, rosemary, soy sauce, pepper, wine, barley and stock, cover and bring to the boil.

4. Reduce heat and simmer for approx 30 mins, however 10 minutes into the cooking time add the grated beet and stir through. Continue cooking.

5. To serve, sprinkle with parsley if desired, serve with crusty bread or a big green salad.

Lara says: This is just the best, most wholesome veggie stew. Especially in the winter.

And it makes you feel like an utter nutritional saint.

mushroom and beetroot barley risotto

mushroom and beetroot barley risotto

 That’s a good feeling!

I love this dish and my veggie husband enjoys it and one of the teens.  The younger children are not keen, but it’s just a matter of keeping on keeping on with them.

You might also like our vegetarian Christmas favourite, the Easy Cashew and Mushroom Nut Roast, click here!

What’s your favourite mushroom dish?

And are you a bit beetroot mad like I am?

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  1. says: Christie

    I’m a beetroot fanatic! Especially grated raw, such an addictive earthy flavour, not to mention the beautiful colour – I am a fan of pink!

    Love this dish for Mushrooms Go Pink, it suits the campaign perfectly. Thanks Seana!

  2. says: Mushroom Enthusiast

    Nutritional saint indeed – that is the best health line I have read for a long time. Mushrooms and beetroot and two of my favourites. I will go and enjoy my new found sainthood immediately!

  3. says: Simone

    I love mushrooms and beetroot, but I am also excited that I could make this for my recently diagnosed Wheat Allergy child. Thanks.

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