Orzo & Toasted Barley

Orzo & Toasted Barley

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From: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 1993

Orzo is a small, rice-shaped pasta. To add a little color and texture, the barley is lightly toasted beforehand.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 cup quick-cooking barley
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2½ cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup orzo
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh chives, or scallion greens
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste


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  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add barley and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden and toasted, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Pour in broth and bring to a boil. Add orzo and thyme. Stir once, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes to absorb any remaining liquid. Stir in chives (or scallion greens) and season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 229 calories; 2 g fat(0 g sat); 5 g fiber; 45 g carbohydrates; 9 g protein; 8 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 1 g sugars; 160 IU vitamin A; 4 mg vitamin C; 11 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 420 mg sodium; 269 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3
  • Exchanges: 3 starch

Reviews 1

October 12, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
pearled barley Made this with slow barley - needed to simmer probably 1/2 hour longer and needed more broth. But it was really good! Pros: really tasty comfort food, uncomplicated
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