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Fast & Easy Dinner: Barley-Vegetable Ragout

Fast & Easy Dinner: Barley-Vegetable Ragout

Impress the vegetarians in your life by taking the time to make this flavorful, hearty meal. Although it simmers for only about 45 minutes, the final dish has a depth and richness equal to something slow-cooked. The ingredient list includes mushrooms, cauliflower, onion, tomatoes, and bell peppers, but feel free to use the vegetables that your family enjoys eating.

To look at the recipe that would be delicious served with a chunk of crusty bread and a glass of red wine,


Barley-Vegetable Ragout

Barley-Vegetable Ragout

Barley-Vegetable Ragout


  1. 2 1/4 cups “chicken” broth or low-sodium vegetable broth
  2. 3/4 cup uncooked pearl barley, rinsed
  3. 2 Tbs. olive oil
  4. 1 10-oz. pkg. cremini mushrooms, halved
  5. 1 small head cauliflower, chopped (about 4 cups)
  6. 1 large white onion, cut into thin strips (about 1 1/2 cups)
  7. 1 15.5-oz. can diced tomatoes with mild green chilies, undrained
  8. 2 small orange bell peppers, sliced (about 2 cups)
  9. 1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped, plus a few sprigs for garnish
  10. 1/4 cup grated soy Parmesan or Romano cheese


  1. Bring broth to a boil in large pot. Add barley, reduce heat to low, cover and cook 30 minutes, or until broth is absorbed and barley is tender. Transfer to mixing bowl.
  2. Heat 1 Tbs. oil in same pot over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, and sauté 5 minutes, or until browned; add to barley. Add remaining 1 Tbs. oil to pot, and sauté cauliflower and onion 8 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add tomatoes, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 8 minutes. Stir in peppers; cover, and simmer 5 minutes more, or until tender.
  4. Stir in barley-mushroom mixture, chopped basil and soy cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook 1 minute more, or until heated through. Serve garnished with basil sprigs.

Serves 6.

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Marci Marci 8 years
That looks and sounds delicious, especially with the colder weather moving in.
krae85 krae85 8 years
hey, that's pretty good, I could try red bell pepper!
winniebaby winniebaby 8 years
What about red bell pepper puree? It will give that red color. =) Paprika? Really can't think of tomato substitutes though...
krae85 krae85 8 years
I can't eat tomato, but I don't think the recipe would be quite right without it, is there something I could use as a tomato-substitute?? I've been wondering about this with other recipes too..
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
OMG - you just made me soooooooo happy with this recipe. it sounds soo good and it's all stuff that i can eat. and since it's got that slow cook feel without all the hours of cooking time that you'd assume, it means that it's something that's really reasonable for dinner, or even for a meal around thanksgiving seeing as how when you're visiting family you have a few extra meals to account for.
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