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Slow Cooker Spinach and Halloumi Pearl Barley Risotto

A delicious vegetarian meal or side dish with spinach and halloumi
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Slow Cooker
Keyword slow cooker risotto
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 232kcal


  • 1 onion chopped finely
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped finely
  • 200 g pearl barley
  • 600 ml vegetable stock made using freshly boiled water and 2 tsp vegetable bouillon
  • 75 g fresh spinach chopped finely
  • 40 g light halloumi cut in small pieces


  • Place the onion, garlic, pearl barley and vegetable stock in the slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 5-6 hours, keeping an eye on the pot at the end of cooking to check for sticking.
  • Chop the spinach finely and stir it through the pearl barley.
  • Dice the halloumi and stir it through as well reserving some to place on top.
  • Season with pepper and serve as a light meal with salad.


Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 740mg | Potassium: 284mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2080IU | Vitamin C: 7.8mg | Calcium: 142mg | Iron: 1.8mg