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Satisfying Cremini Barley

"About two decades ago, I became a pretty strict vegetarian. Now, though I've eased up a bit and occasionally eat chicken or fish, I still enjoy meatless dishes the most. This is one of my very favorites!" Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    5 servings


  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup quick-cooking barley
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound sliced baby portobello (cremini) mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley


  • In a large saucepan, bring broth to a boil. Stir in barley. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until barley is tender. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the onion, celery and carrot in oil for 3 minutes. Add mushrooms; saute for 3-4 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  • Stir in the spinach, beans, pepper and barley; cook and stir until spinach is wilted. Stir in parsley.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 255 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 532mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 12g fiber), 11g protein.

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  • pastiepie
    Feb 7, 2012

    This was wonderful even without the mushrooms :)

  • binks1327
    Mar 14, 2010

    No comment left

  • mjlouk
    Nov 9, 2009

    This was really bland. Maybe it would be better with some canned diced tomatoes.

  • chanidax
    Aug 10, 2009

     Fantastic!  Kids loved it!  Very quick!

  • melgrosh77
    Mar 14, 2009

    This is very satisfying! This is a great dish for anyone dieting. It's very filling.

  • mom2grlys
    Jan 26, 2009

    Wonderful light meal. I added chunks of chicken breast because my husband would have thought it wasn't enough. Perfect! Even the kids loved it. Will make this a regular.