Barley-Stuffed Peppers Recipe
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Barley-Stuffed Peppers Recipe

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My mother cooked with barley a lot, so when I found this recipe for stuffed peppers, I know it would be great. I just made a few changes to suit our tastes, and now it's a weekday dinner standby.—Rosella Peters, Gull Lake, Saskatchewan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 large green peppers
  • 1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 3 cups cooked barley
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 313 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 830 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 11 g protein.


  1. Cut tops off peppers; remove seeds. In a large kettle, blanch peppers in boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water; set aside. In a skillet over medium heat, cook sausage, onion and garlic until onion is tender and sausage is no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomato sauce, barley, thyme, salt and pepper; heat through. Spoon into peppers; place in an ungreased 8-in. square baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until peppers are tender and filling is hot. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Barley-Stuffed Peppers in Taste of Home October/November 1996, p8

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Aug. 13, 2011

"I love barley in peppers, I make them in large quantities for parties and never have any leftovers. I use chicken broth for the barley and grate celery, carrots and onions with light pork sausage and a little cheese. It's so creamy and delicious."

Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"My husband and teenage sons really enjoyed this. I modified it a bit. I used hamburger, chopped up the green peppers, doubled the tomato sauce & hamburger, and made it in my crock pot."

Reviewed Aug. 3, 2010

"I loved it. I didn't have sausage so I used hamburger and added some Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes. It was great!

Just remember the barley takes a while to cook, so plan ahead."

Reviewed Jul. 30, 2008

"My husband loved this recipe. I made the following changes:

-- diced the pepper tops (not stems, of course) and added them to the sausage/onion/garlic when cooking
-- used cooked brown and white rice instead of barley, since that's what I had on hand

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