Barley Recipes

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Barley Mushroom Risotto

Rating: 4.19 stars
This barley risotto is delicious and charming. It makes a nice side dish for steak or roasted meats. Especially when you want to serve something a little different.

Barley Lime Fiesta Salad

Rating: 4.45 stars
Got this at ShopRite® and loved it so much I had to make it. This is what I came up with. I had this alongside my smoked chicken and bacon with avocado spread sandwich. Perfect complement! All the ingredients for the vinaigrette are by eye and to taste.

Indian Curried Barley Pilaf

Rating: 4.39 stars
This is a delicious and savory curried barley dish. It is fabulous as a main dish, or as a side dish with fish or grilled chicken breast. It is quite simple to make and sure to impress!

Barley Black Bean Burgers

Rating: 4.18 stars
These veggie burgers will firm up as they cook on the grill. Great with all the trimmings.

Byrdhouse Mushroom Barley Pilaf

Rating: 4.56 stars
This is a cozy, savory side dish. I sometimes brown chicken breasts and throw them on top of the pilaf for the last 20 minutes of cooking time. Enjoy!

Barley and Mushrooms with Beans

Rating: 4.21 stars
A simple and tasty vegetarian dish. Good as a meal, side dish, or wrapped in a tortilla with cheese. I always make a double batch and freeze some.

White Bean, Spinach, and Barley Stew

Rating: 4.07 stars
This filling vegetarian stew is great year-round. Serve with a dry Chardonnay and crusty bread.
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Pearl Barley Casserole

Rating: 4.61 stars
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.

Chef John's Beef and Barley Stew

Rating: 4.89 stars
This beautiful bowl of beef and barley would be perfect for your next super-storm. When it comes to stick-to-your-ribs stews, it doesn't get any better than shank. There's so much gelatin-producing connective tissue, that it makes an especially satisfying sauce for your meat and grain.

Beef Barley Vegetable Soup

Rating: 4.65 stars
Slow cooker, hearty, easy. Serve with a hearty bread, and enjoy.

Hearty Hamburger Soup

Rating: 4.66 stars
A stick to your ribs thick and hearty soup, filling and very good. Easy and quick to make. A family favorite in our house! Serve with fresh biscuits.

Very Easy Mushroom Barley Soup

Rating: 4.58 stars
I love mushroom barley soup and I was originally making one that took about 3 hours to cook. This one is so simple and easy and takes a third of the time. If you like mushroom barley soup, you will really like this. It's perfect for a cold winter night.

Inspiration and Ideas

Beef Barley Vegetable Soup
"I look forward to winter: this is my favorite comfort food. It's so healthy and tastes wonderful!" – Simona 78
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Hearty Barley Turkey Soup

Rating: 4.81 stars

Just the best turkey soup ever. If you brined your turkey, you will need to add less salt to the soup.