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 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 50 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings

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

Heat olive oil in saucepan; add mushrooms and sautee until just barely tender, about a minute or two.

Add the barley, vegetable broth, green onion and rosemary. Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to low, cover and cook 45 minutes or until barley is tender and liquid is absorbed.

Sprinkle the fresh grated Parmesan cheese over the barley pilaf and serve hot. You might also want to season lightly with a bit of salt and pepper, depending on your taste.

Sea salt or kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper will give you the best taste. 

Makes 4 servings of barley pilaf.

Nutritional information, per serving:
One serving provides approximately:
242 calories, 7g protein, 7g fat, 40g carbohydrate, 4mg cholesterol, 11g fiber, 790mg sodium.

See also: More easy barley recipes to try

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