Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 2 teaspoons fennel seeds

  2. 1 large or 2 small fennel bulbs, cored and finely diced, plus

  3. 2 tablespoons chopped fronds

  4. 1 cup pearl barley, or short-grain brown rice

  5. 1 small carrot, finely chopped

  6. 1 large shallot, finely chopped

  7. 2 cloves garlic, minced

  8. 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, or "no-chicken" broth

  9. 1-1 1/2 cups water, divided

  10. 1/3 cup dry white wine

  11. 2 cups frozen French-cut green beans

  12. 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  13. 1/3 cup pitted oil-cured black olives, coarsely chopped

  14. 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Coat a 4-quart or larger slow cooker with cooking spray. Crush fennel seeds with the bottom of a saucepan. Combine the fennel seeds, diced fennel, barley (or rice), carrot, shallot and garlic in the slow cooker. Add broth, 1 cup water and wine, and stir to combine. Cover and cook until the barley (or rice) is tender, but pleasantly chewy, and the risotto is thick and creamy, 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours on high or low. Shortly before serving, cook green beans according to package instructions and drain. Turn off the slow cooker. Stir the green beans, Parmesan, olives, lemon zest and pepper into the risotto. If it seems dry, heat the remaining 1/2 cup water and stir it into the risotto. Serve sprinkled with the chopped fennel fronds.


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