Easy Barley and Mushroom Pilaf Recipe (Vegetarian with Vegan Option)

Barley and mushroom pilaf is a warming and comforting vegetarian meal
Barley and mushroom pilaf is a warming and comforting vegetarian meal.
    60 min

This is an warming and comforting vegetarian barley and mushroom pilaf recipe with plenty of earthy flavor from the onions, rosemary and mushrooms. And, it's low in fat and very low in cholesterol as well. For a vegan barley pilaf recipe that is even lower in fat and completely cholesterol-free, simply omit the Parmesan cheese, or, you could try adding a bit of nutritional yeast instead of the cheese.

I personally love the texture and chewiness of barley, and I also love that it's a complete bargain at the check-out, particularly if you're used to some of the trendier whole grains, such as quinoa or kaniwa. If you like barley or are looking for easy barley recipes, try this simple yet delicious barley pilaf, and, if you discover, that you love barley and barley pilaf recipes as much as I do, try something a little savory and a little sweet with this wild rice and cranberry barley pilaf recipe, or, try this Asian-inspired orange sesame barley pilaf dish. Enjoy! This barley and mushroom pilaf recipes is courtesy of the National Barley Foods Council.

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup fresh sliced mushrooms (I usually like to use white button mushrooms, but fresh porcini mushrooms would also be delicious)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup pearl barley
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp chopped green onions (scallions)
  • 1/4 tsp crushed dried rosemary
  • 2 tbsp grated fresh Parmesan cheese (omit or replace with nutritional yeast if you're eating vegan)

How to Make It