Pearl barley and vegetable stew

Pearl barley and vegetable stew
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Hands-on time 20 min, simmering time 40 min

Use up root vegetables in this comforting vegetarian stew recipe. On the table and ready to eat in an hour, this dish can be enjoyed any night of the week.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
454kcals
Fat
11.5g (4.8g saturated)
Protein
10.7g
Carbohydrates
68.1g (14.4g sugars)
Fibre
8.7g
Salt
2.4g
Calories
454kcals
Fat
11.5g (4.8g saturated)
Protein
10.7g
Carbohydrates
68.1g (14.4g sugars)
Fibre
8.7g
Salt
2.4g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 250g pearl barley
  • 800g mixed root vegetables, chopped into 2cm chunks (we used parsnips and butternut squash)
  • 100ml dry white wine
  • 1.5 litres vegetable stock
  • 200g sliced kale
  • Grated zest and juice 1 lemon
  • 60ml crème fraîche
  • Freshly grated parmesan (or vegetarian alternative) to serve – optional

Method

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large casserole and cook the onion over a medium heat for 5 minutes until starting to soften. Add the barley and cook for a few minutes, then stir in the chopped vegetables and fry gently for 5 minutes.
  2. Turn up the heat to high and add the white wine, reduce over the heat for a minute, then pour in the stock. Turn the heat down and simmer, uncovered, for 40 minutes on a low heat.
  3. When the vegetables are tender and the barley is cooked, stir in the kale and lemon zest and juice, then simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the crème fraîche and sprinkle with the parmesan, if you like.

delicious. tips

  1. This stew works with any mix of veg; you could swap pumpkin for the squash and carrots or sweet potatoes for the parsnips.

    If you’re not feeding vegetarians, you could add leftover roast ham in step 3.

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