This is a very tasty way to serve a very healthy grain that is often overlooked. I never use the mushrooms as I don't care for them and often add chopped carrots, red pepper, or grated zucchini.

Pjaros
prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
4
Max Servings:
4
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Melt butter in a 1 1/2-quart Dutch oven or oven-safe pot over medium heat and cook onion until lightly browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Add celery and cook until starting to soften, stirring often, about 5 more minutes. Mix barley into the vegetables and stir until coated with butter. Fold mushrooms and green pepper into barley mixture; season to taste with salt and black pepper. Pour chicken broth into barley mixture and bring to a boil; cover casserole dish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until barley is nearly tender, about 30 minutes; uncover casserole dish and bake barley until most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 15 more minutes. Adjust salt and black pepper before serving.

Nutrition Facts

290.75 calories; 7.67 g protein; 46.54 g carbohydrates; 9.55 g fat; 22.9 mg cholesterol; 96.64 mg sodium.Full Nutrition


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Anonymous
07/08/2013
Easy to prepare delicious the day after and my picky little sister loved it too. This is a great dump recipe as well pearl barley is begging for companions in the pot!
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Most helpful critical review

PSB
11/29/2016
Extremely straightforward recipe and lends itself to many add-ins: added sun-dried tomatoes this time. Still rather bland...will add some herbs - thyme oregano parsley - next time. Also a little homemade vineagarette enhances the taste.
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Anonymous
07/08/2013
Easy to prepare delicious the day after and my picky little sister loved it too. This is a great dump recipe as well pearl barley is begging for companions in the pot!
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basg101
01/22/2015
This was a tasty different side dish. I used 1 T. oil instead of 3 T. marg and subbed the green pepper with a red one. That made it a bit sweeter and added a splash of color. I didn't have a Dutch Oven so I just cooked the dish entirely in a pot and it was excellent.
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Learning2cook
09/22/2016
Great vegan main dish if you sub out the butter for either oil or vegan margarine and chicken stock for veggie stock. I didn't have any mushrooms on hand so I cubed up a medium zucchini instead. Moreover I made mine on the stove top. After sauting the ingredients as suggested I added the stock and brought it to a boil then covered and simmered on low for 40 minutes. I then left it covered for another 20 and it was slightly saucy and so good!
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Kay Rogers
03/31/2015
I have now made this three weeks in a row. It is absolutely delicious! The grandchildren even take it for their lunches. My daughter-in-law is allergic to peppers so I add more mushrooms. Last evening just before serving I stirred in a cup of grape tomatoes halved. They added lots of color. I can see adding many different chopped vegetables to it...........just a terrific recipe and so healthy!
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Valwaldo
01/30/2014
I really enjoy this and have made it several times. Like the others have said you can add any veggies you like to change the flavor. I also use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
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Jeanne McCowan
02/20/2017
Yes I will make this again. I had to use chicken bouillon cubes for the stock as I didn't have my homemade chicken stock. Next time I'll use my homemade stock as it is much less salty. As other readers have mentioned this recipe lends itself to a variety of other ingredients. When I have made it less salty I'll give it 5 stars. Thank you.
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dannibarney
10/14/2013
Yummy!! Added a few extra veggies I had on hand and added some avocado wedges on top to make it a complete meatless Monday dinner
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Borealys
07/27/2014
This is a very tasty dish and great base casserole if you want to add your own vegetables. I would maybe cut back on the butter a smidge as it seemed abit much. Otherwise I'll definitely make this again.
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Nonamian_girl
04/29/2016
Really love this healthy side dish. You can get creative about the amount and type of veggies to add and add black beans to make it a full vegetarian meal.
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