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Barley Stew


Rate this recipe 4.3/5 (3 Votes)


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil - divided
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped leeks (about 2 small stalks - white and pale green parts only)
  • 1 8-ounce container sliced crimini (baby bella) mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves - pressed
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 cup pearl barley
  • 4 cups (or more) vegetable broth
  • 1 bunch kale (about 8 ounces) - trimmed - center stalks removed - leaves coarsely chopped (about 8 cups packed)
  • Carrots


Level of difficulty Average
Cost Average budget


Step 1

Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium heat.

Add leeks; sprinkle with salt and pepper and sauté until leeks begin to soften, stirring often, about 5 minutes.

Add mushrooms, garlic, and rosemary; increase heat to medium-high and sauté until mushrooms soften and begin to brown, stirring often, about 7 minutes.

Add tomatoes with juice; stir 1 minute. Add barley and 4 cups broth; bring to boil.

Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until barley is almost tender, about 20 minutes.

Add kale; stir until wilted, about 1 minute.

Cover and simmer until kale and barley are tender, adding more broth by 1/4 cupfuls as needed for desired stew consistency, about 10 minutes.

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