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Nutty Barley Bake

When I started bringing this distinctive dish to holiday dinners, a lot of people had never seen barley in anything but soup. They have since dubbed me "the barley lady", and now I wouldn't dare bring anything this dish. Even if I double the recipe, I come home with an empty pan. -Renate Crump, Los Angeles, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds or pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) beef broth
  • Additional parsley and green onions, optional


  • In a large skillet, saute the onion, barley and nuts in butter until barley is lightly browned. Stir in the parsley, green onions, salt and pepper.
  • Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Stir in broth. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1-1/4 hours or until the barley is tender and the liquid is absorbed. If desired, sprinkle with additional parsley and green onions.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 257 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 704mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 7g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • The Minister
    Oct 14, 2020

    I should call him......

  • Deborah
    Nov 24, 2019

    This is a new favorite! Eating healthier has opened many new recipes for us! Very easy to make!

  • dublinlab
    May 20, 2019

    Excellent. I did this on the stovetop, would be nice baked a little to creat a crust. Janet. VFE

  • annrms
    Apr 18, 2019

    Made this with pepitas instead of nuts listed. Cooked it on the stovetop, and added some dried cherries to the finished dish. It's a keeper recipe!!!

  • kaly_ab
    Jan 10, 2018

    Absolutely wonderful!  I will be making this recipe many times in the future!Wonderful flavor! Redawna

  • ahmom
    Aug 10, 2016

    Excellent and easy to prepare!

  • jpruittcdp
    Aug 6, 2014

    Very good recipe plus it's something different!

  • bbmd2
    Oct 26, 2013

    No comment left

  • dani.f
    Feb 6, 2013

    Made it several times. Makes a great and different side dish for a change.

  • Schmiedt
    Jul 9, 2011