Herbed Barley and Shells

January 9, 2021  Online Recipe Guide Avatar

Being that barley may be the oldest cultivated grain in the world, it gets little attention and respect from American cuisine. Like so many nutritious ancient grains barley is generally ingnored when it comes to everyday cooking. Add this dish to your list of rice, potato and pasta dishes.

2 tablespoons butter
1 large garlic clove, minced
3/4 cup pearl barley
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup small dried pasta shells
½ teaspoon dried thyme
½ cup chopped scallion
¼ cup minced fresh parsley

In a heavy saucepan cook the garlic in the butter over moderately low heat until it just begins to color. Add the barley and stir to coat with the butter. Add the chicken broth, bring to a boil and simmer, covered, for 25 minutes.

Stir in the shells and thyme and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the scallion, parsley and salt and pepper to taste. (If using canned chicken broth you probably don’t need to add salt).

Serves 4 to 6

From Leslie Glover Pendleton


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