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Rice and Barley Pilaf

With a trio of whole grains, wild and brown rice and barley, this is packed with nutrition. Add half-and-half and Parmesan cheese, and you’ve got one satisfying side! —Barb Templin, Norwood, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup uncooked wild rice
  • 1/4 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1/4 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1/2 pound baby portobello mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large saucepan, combine broth and wild rice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in barley and brown rice; cover and simmer for 40-45 minutes or until grains are tender and the liquid is absorbed.
  • Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, saute the mushrooms, onion and celery in butter and oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the rice mixture, cheese, cream and pepper; heat through.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 176 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 363mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein. Diabetic exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.
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  • Patrica390
    Jan 29, 2021

    Delicious! I used 4 cups of chicken broth to finish the carton. I didn't have wild rice. I used 1/2 cup brown rice and 1/2 cup barley. Boiled the broth, from there followed the recipe. I did not add the 1/4 cup half and half. I couldn't see the need for it. Quite a good whole grain recipe!! I will make this again.

  • annrms
    Oct 2, 2016

    Fantastic recipe...! I used broth from preparing saut?ed spinach in garlic oil and chicken broth. I tend to save all vegetable/meat cooking water to use in preparing rice dishes or soup. We loved the texture of the barley and the added vegetables made the dish a perfect side dish. Will use leftovers to make fried "rice". This recipe is definitely a healthy keeper!

  • blizzard6
    Aug 31, 2011

    Perfect the way it is. Delicious!

  • wiscook
    Feb 7, 2010

    needs more spices, not sure what, but will experiment.

  • themrsh
    Jan 29, 2010

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  • moninikole
    Jan 24, 2010

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