Confetti Barley Pilaf Recipe
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Confetti Barley Pilaf Recipe

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This pilaf is both colorful and tasty," says Kris Erickson from Everett, Washington. "The slightly chewy texture of the barley, the tender vegetables and lively spices make it special enough for company. I love to cook and experiment in the kitchen—especially with grains and veggies."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 55 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 55 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/2 cup coarsely shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2-1/2 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup: 169 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 507mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 7g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, saute onion and garlic in oil until tender. Add barley; saute for 3-5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add the mushrooms, carrot, cabbage, red pepper, basil and oregano. Cook and stir until vegetables are crisp-tender, about 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 40-45 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and barley is tender. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Confetti Barley Pilaf in Light & Tasty February/March 2003, p57

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