Hearty Barley Bake Recipe
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Hearty Barley Bake Recipe

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Barley is a nice change of pace from the usual pasta or rice in this colorful casserole from Jenny Browning of Cypress, Texas. It's chock-full of spicy sausage and a variety of vegetables including spinach, carrots and corn.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 12 ounces bulk pork sausage
  • 1-1/2 cups cooked barley
  • 1 can (14-3/4 ounces) cream-style corn
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried savory
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 290 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 591mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 11g protein .


  1. In a large skillet, saute the mushrooms, carrots and onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. In the same skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add to mushroom mixture. Stir in the barley, corn, spinach, onions, savory, thyme, marjoram and pepper.
  3. Transfer to a greased shallow 2-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, 5 minutes longer or until the cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Barley Bake in Quick Cooking January/February 1999, p19

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Grace1018 84590
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2014

"We did not like this recipe."

aprilshowalter 27824
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"So good, so different, and great as leftovers!"

sbethowens 31960
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2011

"Flavorful. You can easily halve this recipe for a smaller crowd. This made a 9x13 pan. We will be enjoying it for several days."

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