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Whether you are vegetarian, vegan or just trying to eat less meat, you are sure to love my Old Fashioned Vegetable & Barley Stew recipe. A delicious part of a healthy eating plan, it's warming and comforting with a toothsome texture that makes it incredibly satisfying. 
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Vegetable and Barley Stew

Course Stew
Cuisine Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 to 6 servings
Author April J Harris


  • 2 tablespoons mild olive or other vegetable oil
  • 4 leeks cleaned and cut in half inch chunks
  • 5 large carrots peeled and cut in half inch chunks
  • 5 large parsnips peeled and cut in roughly half inch pieces
  • 1 cup mushrooms cleaned and halved (or quartered if large)
  • 1 cup pearl barley
  • 4 cups vegetable stock you may need a little bit more or less
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper you may need a bit more
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg you may need a bit more


  • You need a casserole dish with a lid that will go from stove top to oven.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C or 170°C for a fan oven).
  • Heat the oil in the casserole dish over medium heat on the stove top.
  • Sauté the leeks for two or three minutes, getting them well coated in the oil.
  • Tumble in the carrots and parsnips and cook for moment or two.
  • Stir in the mushrooms.
  • Rinse and sort the pearl barley.
  • Add the pearl barley to the vegetables and stir well to coat it in the oil.
  • Stir in 3½ cups of the stock along with the basil, pepper and nutmeg.
  • Cover the casserole and put it in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the casserole from the oven and stir the stew, adding a bit more stock if the barley has absorbed it all.
  • Return the casserole to the oven for another 20 - 30 minutes.
  • Remove the casserole from the oven and stir again, checking to see if the barley and vegetables are tender.
  • You can add a bit more stock to loosen the stew if desired, but you want it to be quite hearty.
  • Carefully taste for seasoning (it will be very hot) and adding salt and pepper if necessary.
  • Serve in warmed bowls.
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