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Barley bacon and vegetables risotto recipe, cooked barley is is sauteed with bacon and vegetables, a flavorful and healthy side or main dish, delicious!

Here I cooked my barley for 25 minutes in a large volume of water, sautéed a few veggies and some bacon, then briefly stir fried my ingredients together, this recipe makes for a delicious main dish, it can be a side dish too.

Are you familiar with cooking cereals? These latter years a large variety of cereals has become available on the market, barley, spelt, wheat, bulgur, etc., it has taken me some time before I started cooking them but nowadays I always make sure that I have several sorts in my pantry.

Cereals are full of benefits and therefore so healthy, they are all mildly flavored, I find that the difference between them lies more in the texture, for instance, I like most of them but I cannot stand quinoa mainly for its texture.

Barley is NOT gluten free.

All cereals advantageously replace pasta or rice, I like to cook them al dente like my pasta.

This dish can be made with the vegetables you have in the house, fresh or frozen. It can also be made in the same fashion using wheat, bulgur, millet, buckwheat, etc.

  • 4 servings
  • Easy
  • 1 h 00

Recipe :

Ingredients:

9 oz. (250 g) hulled barley

1.5 liter of vegetable or chicken stock/broth

3 shallots minced

1 large red bell pepper, seeded and cut in small chunks

2 or 3 carrots, peeled and cut in small sticks

4 Paris mushrooms, chopped

3.5 oz. (100 g) bacon strips

3 tbsp. olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Cook the barley:

Into a saucepan, bring to boil 1.5 liter of stock, add the barley and cook as per instructions on the pack, mine was pre-cooked and still needed to cook 25 minutes

Drain well and set aside

Sautéed vegetables:

Meanwhile, into a large pan or a wok, heat 3 tbsp. olive oil or more if needed on medium/high heat, add shallots and carrots, barely cover with water, bring to boil and cook for 3 minutes, then add the bell pepper, mushrooms and bacon, season with salt and pepper to taste and cook until soft or to your liking, about 7 to 9 minutes

Add the cooked barley and stir fry briefly, add more olive oil if needed, taste and adjust seasoning

Note:

Here are some of the benefits from eating barley:

  • High Source of Fiber. One of barley's most noteworthy health benefits is its high fiber content
  • Can Help Improve Digestion
  • Helps with Weight Loss
  • Helps Control Blood Sugar Levels
  • Helps Lower High Cholesterol
  • Prevents Heart Disease
  • Provides Antioxidants
  • High in Vitamins and Minerals

Check this page for more information Barley Nutrition Facts, Benefits & How to Cook It! - Dr. Axe https://draxe.com/barley-nutrition/

Enjoy!

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I love barley! I don't know why I never it! I only put it in beef soups! This sounds fantastic! I'm definitely giving this a try!

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Thanks so much Beth, glad you like it! I use barley, spelt or any cereals instead of rice or pasta

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I have never eaten barley before, but I've heard it's pretty good - and I love veggies. This sounds like a nice, hearty, winter meal.

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Thanks Alicia! Cereals are mildly flavored and can be served instead of pasta or rice

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There are also many great benefits of eating bacon, including "it tastes nom nom"

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Lol Ben! That's exactly why I added bacon into this dish, for the nomnom

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I don't think I've ever eaten barley and bacon together. I happen to love those ingredients, so I'm pretty sure I would love this. Thanks for sharing :-)

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Thanks Traci, I'm glad you like it!

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That looks so comforting and perfect for this cold winters day. I love how many veggies are packed in too.

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Thanks so much Dannii, glad you like it!

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What a nutritious and yummy looking dish. So great for adding more healthy meals at dinnertime!

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Thanks so much Emely, cereals are full of health benefits indeed

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I have never cooked with barley before and this dish has me wondering why. I would sub in turkey bacon, but everything else looks perfect!

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Thanks so much Jordan, great tip about turkey bacon, will think about it next time!

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This looks like a good, hearty, wintertime meal. Thanks for sharing with us! The mushrooms look great!

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Thank you so much Ali

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Oh my! I love everything in this. What a great side dish for really ~ everything! I bet the house smells amazing when you're making it.

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Thanks so much Michelle, hope you try it!

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Barley is definitely an under appreciated grain, and I'm not sure why because it is so delicious! This dish looks fantastic. I'm going to have to try it without the bacon. ;-)

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Thanks so much Catherine, so sorry for late reply! I trust that you would enjoy this dish without the bacon

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