Like all risottos this one takes some time, but it is well worth it! Barley risotto is much easier to get right than rice risottos, although you can still over stir it, it is more forgiving and less likely to become glue-like in texture. For this recipe I used hulled barley, but if you are using pearl barley you may want to use a little less broth, so when you may want to try it as you go, so you don't overcook it!
This is an easy lunch for a weekend! I'll admit it isn't the healthiest thing I could eat, but it's a nice go to when I don't know what to eat, as I tend to have all the ingredients for it. It can also be browned in a skillet for a more even browning, but I personally like it done on my portable electric grill.