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Barley Pilaf

Pearl Barley

Barley pilaf uses pearl barley with onion, celery, sweet peppers, mushrooms and beef or chicken bouillon - your preference. This dish is delicious with either broth and very satisfying.


1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped green or red bell sweet pepper (optional)*
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms or one 4-ounce can mushrooms, drained
1 cup uncooked pearl barley
2-1/2 cups water
1 cube or teaspoon vegetable, beef or chicken bouillon (may use low sodium bouillon)


Place a medium pan over medium heat; add vegetable oil, onion and celery. Cook, stirring often until onion is soft.

Add bell pepper (if using), mushrooms and pearl barley. Stir well.

Add water and bouillon and stir to dissolve bouillon. Bring to a boil, lower heat and cover pan.

Cook for 50 to 60 minutes or until barley is tender and liquid is absorbed.

Recipe Notes

  • This can be used as a side dish.
  • Stuffing for pork chops or chicken.
  • Or add 2 cups of any chopped cooked meat during the last fifteen minutes of cooking and serve as a main dish meal.
  • If using quick cooking barley the recipe can be prepared in 15 minutes or less. Reduce water to 2 cups and cook for 10 to 15 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Recipe makes 8 servings.
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Calories: 120; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 15mg; Carbohydrates: 23g; Protein: 3g; Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 2g

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