Short on time? Using quick-cooking barley will cut this recipe time in half. See the notes for more information.
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 cup onion (chopped)
- 1/2 cup celery (chopped)
- green or red bell pepper, chopped (1/2 cup, optional)
- 1 cup mushrooms (fresh sliced, or 1- 4 ounce can mushrooms, drained)
- 1 cup pearl barley (uncooked)
- 1 teaspoon vegetable bouillon (or beef or chicken, low sodium)
- 2 1/2 cups water
- Wash hands with soap and water.
- 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.
- This can be used as a side dish, or stuffing for pork chops or chicken.
- To serve as a main dish, add 2 cups of any chopped cooked meat during the last fifteen minutes of cooking.
- 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.
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