Bean and Barley Stew

    Bean and Barley Stew

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    Bean and Barley Stew


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    About this recipe: This is a hearty vegan-friendly stew, which is the perfect dish for the cold winter months. Barley is simmered with cannellini beans, chopped tomatoes and spinach. Enjoy with crusty bread, if desired.

    Serves: 6 

    • 200g uncooked pearl barley
    • 700ml water
    • 1 teaspoon olive oil
    • 160g chopped onion
    • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
    • 75g small fresh mushrooms
    • 150g chopped yellow pepper
    • 2 tablespoons white wine
    • 1 (410g) tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes, drained
    • 60g fresh spinach
    • 1 pinch crushed chillies

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

    1. Bring the barley and water to the boil in a pot. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer 30 minutes or until tender.
    2. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat and cook the onion and garlic until tender. Season with rosemary. Mix the mushrooms, yellow pepper and wine into the pot and cook 5 minutes. Stir in the cooked barley, beans, tomatoes and spinach. Season with crushed chillies. Continue cooking 10 minutes or until spinach is wilted.
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    I'm not exactly sure this recipe should be in the Soup collection; however, I very much like the flavor and textures. It is a very dry, thick stew - I ate it with a fork - but I don't know that I'd want more liquid in it. If you like these ingredients, you will most definitely like this recipe! (Note: I did spice it up a bit with jalapeno slices and Tabasco sauce.)  -  12 May 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I thought this was one of the best stews I have made yet this season. I used four cups of vegetable broth instead of water to give it extra flavor. Yum!  -  23 Mar 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was very tasty, but as others have mentioned it was really almost too thick and needed some seasoning help. I added some vegetable stock to thin it out a bit and added some cajun type seasonings, more garlic and some more spinach to this. I tasted it right after I made it and really wasn't that impressed, but I let it sit in the fridge overnight and then WOW. Really much better!  -  28 Feb 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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